Precious little time for painting or writing this week!
It’s so frustrating when you have such little time to spend pursuing your passion that the limited time itself can become a pressured hindrance. That’s a little bit how it felt for me this week.
Here’s my first effort:
This was inspired by a visit a few days ago to an establishment called Bills in Brighton, the venue of my first official ‘Christmas do’ of the season. What first attracted me to it was the chandelier. I’ve been looking for a chandelier to paint as it feels like some kind of right of passage – but on reflection I don’t think this was a particularly forgiving chandelier. It’s actually quite surprising how hard it is to find a decent chandelier these days! If there are any Brighton locals reading, I’d love to hear if anyone has any recommendations (just drop me a note in the comments section below).
Back to the painting, it’s interesting to compare this one to the painting I posted last week:
This was all done in one take, by which I mean single applications of paint without the need to revisit passages to strengthen, darken or endeavour to lighten them.
By contrast, the painting of Bills in Brighton was built up in a number of layers. Not intentionally, but because I didn’t get my original applications right first time. Everything needed to be revisited and I think this leads to a heavier handed, overworked feeling. This isn’t to say that I don’t like any of it, in fact I particularly like some of the figure work, and I think this scene does have some potential for revisiting again.
Moving swiftly on…
I had reason to take a brief jaunt into the countryside at the weekend and, even though I was only able to enjoy the view from the car as I was driving the scenery was lovely, somehow quintessentially autumnal and English. It brought to mind the work of Hilder, Wesson and Seago and, when I got home I quickly dashed off this Wesson inspired landscape:
This again was done at pace and, while it may not stand up to close scrutiny, it’s not as overworked as my first effort!
Hopefully there’ll be the opportunity for some less rushed watercolour painting in the week’s ahead!