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Rainy Day London

River Thames in London.  Rainy Winter afternoon.  South Bank

Rainy Winter Afternoon. South Bank from The Thames (30cm x 30cm acrylic inks and acrylic on paper)

I don’t often paint cityscapes  but was inspired to do so this time after a February trip to London to deliver my painting to the Mall Galleries in preparation for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours exhibition.

The weather was exceptionally wet.  After trudging down the Mall followed by pizza to warm up (!) we decided to take a river trip up the Thames towards Tower Bridge.  Visibility was fairly poor but, oddly, that added to the quality of the experience.  The resulting painting is really a tonal one interspersed with the occasional spot of colour. I was interested in trying to recreate the dampness of the day and the flat light.  Watercolour might have been the obvious choice but I decided to give it a go in acrylic inks on quite a textured watercolour paper.  Somehow it seems rather calming….

Double-take

Here’s an experiment.  We all love a little quiz, don’t we?

I thought it would be fun to paint the same image twice but in two different media.  Each is about 8″ x 8″ and painted on board.  However one of them was painted in oil and the other in acrylic.  But which is which? And which do you prefer?  Is your preference based on colour or texture – or something else?

Mixed media experiments – Part 2

Early Winter morning light. The Groves (10" x 12" mixed media on paper)

Early Winter morning light. The Groves (10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)

Following on from my last post, this is a similiar view but I decided not to use collage.  Instead I used my ‘usual’ mixed media kit – a combination of oil pastel, watercolour, acrylic paints and acrylic inks. As before, though, I experimented with using a very limited palette of colours, exploiting the warm/cool contrast.  Interestingly the eye still reads the image (or maybe just my eyes do!) because the tones work.  A fun experiment anyway