I took the reference photo of the Vanbrugh's Grand Bridge while visiting Blenheim Palace (W. Churchill was born here). The sprawling park outside the palace offered many scenic views, this bridge being one of them. My painting below is an attempt to present the still water and the reflections with the freshness of a watercolour impression. The foliage was my main challenge and I am happy it has come out well. The still water and the reflections were achieved easily as well as the foreground grass with the help of liquid frisket. The sky was left simple so as not to divert the attention as lots of things are happening below.
Tuesday 18 May 2010
The first one is off the Lands End coast. Boats provide some link outside the elements of nature which these two paintings depict. It was fun doing the water, mountains, cloudy sky and a bit of the sandy beach..
The second one is off the peaceful village of St Agnes. Hope you like these paintings. Thanks for viewing.
Thursday 13 May 2010
Distant hills and coconut treeline setting up the background, green paddy fields forming the middle ground and and a lonely furrow in the foreground is an ideal subject for this portrait format! Taking the eyes into the painting and holding them there are the big shapes of the fields and their varied angles. Deliberately kept the trees taller than they should be to give that vertical contrast to the frame when all else is horizontal! I put elements from different reference photos to create this exercise in design, without loosing the spontaneity of a simple subject. Thanks for viewing! Comments welcome!
Friday 7 May 2010
Monday 3 May 2010
This was based on my photo taken last year when visiting Stratford upon Avon. The Charlacote Park, a National Trust property, is outside Stratford upon Avon and at a distance from the sprawling gardens of that property looms this beautiful church. The sky in the photo was a gloomy one which I transformed into a dynamic one, the accidental blooming just above the Church roof adding to the liveliness. Thanks for looking and comments appreciated!