More collage and more rainy London! I was initially attracted to the green reflections from the traffic lights on the wet surface of the pavement. Then I noticed that the lights in the buildings were glowing yellow (amber?) as dusk was approaching. Red brake lights completed the picture. I had my own traffic light combo – no problems choosing a title for this painting!
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….
Apparently more snow is forecast for the weekend. Appropriate then for me to share the first of a couple of allotment paintings I made of the snow we had a few weeks ago. Lots of colourful greys to mix in this image of some wobbly compost heaps and lovely blue water butts!
As you might have guessed from the not so adventurous title, this is the second of my ‘black is the new colour’ series. Yes, I know it looks quite a lot like ‘Winter. Tree Reflections 1’ but there are some subtle differences. I worked on the two at the same time and it’s always interesting when I do this how one influences the other. I’m loving the inks!
The next in my series of river paintings is the first of two. I splashed out the other day (excuse the pun!) and bought some black acrylic ink and then had a Johnny Nice Painter* moment and went completely crazy with it. Lots of fun!
I worked up this painting from a small sketch I made a few weeks ago in the grounds of Burghley House. The low sun that morning meant there were some fantastic shadow shapes!
I’ve been compensating for the recent dull weather by playing around with colour and texture. This is my interpretation of the low warm light I found on a visit to the Fens in late December.