Bogside, Irvine

Bogside, Irvine 2019

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.

Variation on Irvine Harbour Scene

Irvine Harbour 2016

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:-

Bogside Flats early evening

Bogside Flats Early Evening

Bogside Flats early evening

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.

Orange Estuary

Orange across the estuary

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.