I have started two new pieces this week, as I was keen to use my new and wonderful Michael Harding paints. The colours are so bright and vibrant and coupled with my Rosemary & Co brushes which I also love, I was ready to get going.
The first painting, The Tour Guide, is inspired by a photo I took when I was in Prague wandering around Old Square with my camera. I spent a couple of hours just photographing people doing stuff and then saw this Tour Guide standing alone. She looked to me a bit forlorn, waiting and hoping for people to come up to her, but maybe I imagined that – anyway it seemed to be a good composition in my head. The umbrella was orange, so I took my inspiration from that. I very rarely use browns and blacks in my work, preferring blues, purples and dark mauves to achieve similar effects. Then I mix up the complementary colours to get the desired painting I am after – so in this case yellows and bright turquoise. I am liking how this painting is turning out, but early days yet – time to make lots of mistakes!
The second painting, Relaxing, is a much smaller work, 8×6″ and I am doing a series of these smaller works, to discipline myself from being too loose with my paints. I love painting in a more impressionist manner but (because I am so impatient) this can result in a slapdash style if I am not too careful, so getting out the smaller brushes and paying more attention to details is what is needed sometimes. Both styles can look great, as long as I put thought into them! Again, this is only the start of the painting. More next week, hopefully,.
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