Trying out another couple of demos based on the work of Joan Eardley.
This is Bogside, Irvine, painted for the Tuesday group (I think) (It was last week and I forget!). It is close enough to the colours of Eardley, but a bit too stylised and not rough or wild enough to capture the essence of the work.
I started this as a demonstration exercise for the Friday group. Finished it today.
This is the second version of another smaller painting. The small one is 30x30cm and this one is 40×40. Doesn’t sound a big jump but in area it’s nearly twice the size.
I wanted to see how the brushwork would appear in an upscaled picture. I found I wanted to make the strokes much larger due to the influence of the original. It wasn’t possible though as I underestimated the size of brush I would have needed. So more strokes to say the same thing. It worked at the water foreground, but got too busy in the sky and hills on the horizon.
I think I should have started fresh and not referred to the original so much. I am moving towards more of an abstract rendition and don’t feel it is far enough away from reality here. I’ll keep on keeping on though. All good.
The original is below:-
The finished painting and a new title.
I tightened up the drawing despite saying yesterday that I was trying too hard to make it correct. It is now correcter!
Simplified my plan for the water, overpainted some of the middle distance and a little on the hills.
I am happy with this but must say that I would like to be more abstract. That may be about twenty paintings from now, perhaps more, but then, that’s what it’s all about.
A follow on from the Estuary painting a couple of weeks ago. (Photograph is a bit blurry).
I will finish this tomorrow. I am trying to put on more paint to a thick, broad buttery consistency. It’s wondering where to take the detail. I am quite uncertain about this one. I would like to be bolder and scrap most of the representational areas but that will have to wait for another day. I think the concern is in that narrow strip in the middle, the horizon, the background hills and low sky. I am trying too hard to draw correctly. Anyways, my focus here is on saturated colour and, as I say, broad wet strokes of paint.