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The Pink Hat, week two. 11 May 2016

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This is a slightly larger piece, 24 x 18″ (60 x 45 cm) than my recent works and space permitting I would like to paint larger still in this style. The swimming pool water is crying out for a large 5 x 5 ft (150 X 150 cm) canvas in the bright Mediterranean colours I love so much, but living in a one bedroom end flat makes this well nigh impossible …. For now!  When I finally get discovered and am selling all over the world, well David Hockney eat your heart out.

But for now I am so enjoying painting the water in this painting; the different shades of blue, the white highlights which bring out the effect of the rippling water and the lighter blue lines of the paintwork. Can’t wait to do all the coloured highlights next week, the paler blue turquoise etc.

I will be adding different shades of red/pink and orange to the hat to make it sing out more, as at the moment it looks too flat and two dimensional.

Likewise I have to find a way to make the feet really look as if they are under the water, probably toning down the skin tones more and adding in white highlights of the water on top of the shoes.  Exciting!

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