As the title may suggest, I can’t give too much away in this week’s post – at least not until sometime after Christmas day!
The subject is the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. I usually work from my own photographs but on this occasion, I’ve had to resort to finding one online. It is, however, a photo of a place that I have visited on a number of occasions, which is my vague and rather feeble attempt at making a personal connection with the scene!
The most important thing in my mind is that it should resonate with its intended recipient, who I can only hope isn’t reading this blog!
Here’s photo that I took shortly after I’d started painting and had mapped out the key areas.
And here’s how it looked not that long after when I’d finished it!
When I say ‘finished’ – I mean it’s where I decided to stop. It’s not what I’d call the finished article. I like some elements of this, for instance the sense of light, the recession towards the archway and the simple treatment to the foreground on right. I feel however that the left hand side building, especially in the foreground, feels unresolved and that I could perhaps do with some more figures in the left hand foreground.
I decided then to have a little look at a different crop:
I’ll be painting this again, hopefully keeping some of the better elements and improving on the others! My plan at the moment is to go for the full image and, if I’m unable to resolve some of the foreground areas, I’ll look at cropping in again. Fingers crossed I get something that I’m happy with in time for Santa to deliver it!
This will be my last post until Christmas day. I should point out that posting on Christmas day isn’t one of my traditions, but posting on a Wednesday is, plus it will be my last post of 2019! Now I don’t expect anyone to read my Christmas day post, and that’s absolutely fine as hopefully everyone will be having too fine a time, but a routine is routine!
It only leaves me then to wish you all a wonderful Christmas. However you choose to spend it, and with whomever you choose to spend it, I hope it’s a time for joy, relaxation and reflection on all that we have to be thankful for!
Merry Christmas and all best wishes for the festive season.