After finding last week’s Bartender subject matter in my Barcelona library, I continued to look for any other previously overlooked gems. The one that stood out for me on this occasion did so for two reasons. First, I really liked the quite graphic composition of it, formed by lots of uprights and strong light and shadows.
Second was how much it reminded of the painting I did some time ago based on the photograph by Fan-ho. I think is was the way the light was falling and almost trapping the lone figure.
I think that the Fan Ho painting is much more successful, and I recall that I enjoyed painting it much more than this Barcelona alleyway scene – which I always think speaks volumes.
The Fan Ho painting was trying to portray a much softer diffused light that plays much more successfully to the inherent qualities of watercolour. The light in this Bareclona painting is really strong, creating much harsher shadows.
It’s not totally without it’s moments – but it’s a painting that, to depict the harsh definite shadows, and lots of long straight edges, I couldn’t help but tighten up!
Not sure what will come next, but I’d ideally like it to be something a little looser and more expressive!
In the meantime, here’s a random selection of some other Barcelona inspired paintings: