The location is a local branch of the Small Batch Coffee company here in Brighton. In the mornings, the light floods in via the two tall glass double doors. Sadly I’m usually in such a rush that it’s just a coffee to go for me and I never really get the opportunity to sit and bask!
Unlike last week’s painting, where I referred back to my original photo – this week I just used these two paintings as my basis. Working from both images, I was consciously trying to work our which elements to keep from each of them, such as the looser, sketchier feel of take 1 and the warmer colour palette of take 2 etc.
The two earlier versions were both half sheets. This new painting was done on a quarter sheet.
I can’t deny being really pleased with how this turned out. It feels much more free and expressive, lighter of touch and, dare I say, more painterly than the previous two versions.
I could tell I was pleased it because I was really eager to see what it might look like in mount!
With some time still to play with, I returned to another view of Brighton Marina, similar to that which I’d painted recently but from a different perspective, and based on photo taken on a different day, again early in the morning, with a sky punctuated by jet streams.
While I don’t consider this to be a patch on my previous marina painting, there are parts of this that I think worked out okay. I quite like the suggestion of the cliffs on the left and parts of the sky are passable. The suggestion of light catching on the edges of the boats, just enough to give them some form is okay as long as you don’t look too closely. I’m not going to dwell on the parts that I’m less keen on, suffice to say there are quite a lot of them.
Sometimes it’s good to be reminded that you can’t win them all, even if only as a reminder that you have to allow yourself to indulge in moment of celebration when you do manage to paint something you’re reasonably happy with!