Bit strapped for painting time this week as I continue to settle into the complicated new patterns of this complicated new year. My partner and I are both trying to work full time from home whilst also trying to home school our daughter. It’s a situation we never wished to find ourselves in again after having done it during lockdown one last year, but here we are.
One of the many consequences is that finding the time for painting, writing this blog (and just about anything else you can think of too!) is even more challenging than usual.
This view is based on a photograph I took on the same Christmas shopping trip into Brighton that I captured the photo that led to this ‘Winter light‘ watercolour painting:
Needless to say, I didn’t quite capture the same quality of winter light in this effort but I enjoyed painting it. So much of the approach that I took to painting this was similar to wat I did at my recent Alvaro Castagnet workhop – so it felt good to be reinforcing some of what I’d learnt.
The view point is looking down the main road that runs from Brighton train station right down to the seafront.
It was only after I painted it that I recalled having painted a similar view earlier last year albeit from the right hand side of the road. Here’s the painting that did last April:
It’s interesting that on both of these paintings, I much prefer the handling of the buildings on the left hand side, in the shadows, than the sunlit right. I do still like the energy of the earlier painting, but I think that the more recent effort is a more complete and satisfying painting.
Some of you may recall that some time ago, back in 2020, I did a painting of the interior of a cottage in France that we stayed in many years ago. Just to recap, the house was owned by the parents of a dear friend. When my friend saw the painting, she asked if she could buy it as a gift for her parents.
In one of those rare coincidences, just before christmas one of my neighbours told me she was travelling to the same town that my friend lived in to spend Christmas. I cheekily asked if she’d be willing to deliver the painting to my friends. So my painting travelled from my home, to Wales and then, on Christmas day, was distance delivered to my friends’ parents.
It was such a pleasure to receive this photo (and the accompanying text message) just as the painting had been hand delivered, on Christmas day. It’s so nice to be able to see the expressions of surprise and, I like to think, a little bit of joy too!
They absolutely love it! And they were very touched. We all shed a tear. Thank you so much, it will mean so much to them.Accompanying text message
New Year Resolution
I mentioned last week that one of my main creative resolutions for the year ahead was to take more photos with my camera, as opposed to relying purely on my phone. One wise person commented that a good way to help this along, was to ensure that I carried the camera with me more often! I know it sounds obvious, but it’s also so true!
I was pleased over the weekend when I remembered to take my camera out with me on a quick visit to the seafront. Not that I’d expect any readers to be holding me to account on this, but I thought I’d post some proof! I took quite a few photos, of which this was favourite:
It’ll be a slow process but I’m hoping there’ll be some enjoyable moments along the way, and hopefully the odd decent photo too.
I know that there are likely to be a few camera experts out there so I’ll happily take any advice that anyone may have. In case it’s useful, the camera I’m using is an Olympus Pen F.
That’s my lot for this week. Fingers crossed I can squeeze a bit of painting time in before next week!