Looking on the plus side, had I been on holiday in Valencia this past week, I wouldn’t have been able to do as much painting as I have during my enforced staycation! That said, the time I have for painting still feels like snatched moments in between trying to keep an energetic young child entertained!
There wasn’t any particular plan behind this week’s subjects but it seemed that they just all turned into various ‘pairs’ of paintings. As I have a few more paintings to show this week, I’m going to try to balance things out by saying less!
Pair 1 – the coffee shop
First up is a quick sketch that I did quite a while ago of some people sat outside a cafe in the morning sun….
…that I was keen to translate into a loose colour sketch:
I was quite pleased with how this turned out and the original sketch was really helpful in simplifying what could otherwise have been an overly detailed or overly fussy scene.
Pair 2 – Brighton station
Next up, an old favourite of a subject, Brighton train station. It’s a marvel of victorian engineering and iron work, full of intricacies and sweeping curves. Whenever I’m not running late, I always try to spend some time looking up and marveling at its splendour and, when possible, grabbing a few reference photos for a rainy day. On this particular occassion, it was a rainy day!
Here’s my first take on the view:
Followed by another take in which I wanted to create a greater sense of depth, and to add in some figures to create a little more interest:
Pair 3 – Shoreham harbour
Finally, on one of my allotted periods of time out for little exercise, I cycled down to Shoreham harbour to coincide with the sun going down:
Here’s s slightly different crop of the same painting that think is a little more satisfying:
Which led me to tackle this view again but in portrait format.
I don’t know what it was about these two paintings, but I really didn’t enjoy painting them! I can’t quite put my finger on what it was but, while there are elements of them that I feel okay about – overall, I can’t wait to move on to something else!
I’ve been aware while writing this that I feel a little downbeat about my painting efforts, but I did just have a light-bulb moment that quite perked me up. All these paintings are views from my hometown! I often find it difficult for some reason to paint ‘local views’ but here I am with six of them in one post!
On this more upbeat note, I’ll set off in search of my next subject! I really hope that everyone is keeping well and staying safe.