So, after a hiatus of almost two years, I’m trying to paint again. This is a start on one of the massive World War Two flak towers still standing here in Vienna. This particular one is in Arenbergpark.
Had a go at another plein air piece today, but rain stopped play (this is Belgium after all). So thought I would post the block-in I did the other evening. This is of a marketplace in Pisa, from a photo taken there last year. I found the perspective quite challenging, especially of those vaulted ceiling arches. Still not sure if I’ve quite got it right.
My wife and kids are away at the moment, and although I have a long list of jobs to do at home I was determined to grab the chance to get some painting done! The target, ambitiously, was to do four – I managed three, so was quite pleased. Good to get some much-needed practice in! This was the first one of the day, looking east from the Rue d’Ath. The light was constantly changing, which made things a bit tricky! And I don’t think I’ve quite managed to capture the true colour of the lavender…
This is a barbecue shelter on the air base where I work (well, where I have a job, anyway). Again, the light was changing constantly with the sun breaking through the clouds every few minutes. This has come out looking a little gloomier than it seemed at the time.
Painted this same scene a few weeks ago. The wheat has completely changed colour, of course, which is why I wanted to paint it again. This was the last one of the day, brings my total finished works this year up to a meagre fourteen.
Got a little bit more of this done at the weekend. From a photo taken on an overcast day, but even so it’s time to throw some colour at this one I think!
Managed some slow progress with this one over the weekend. The cables (?) from the tower on the bridge will probably get painted over and re-done, hopefully with a little more subtlety and accuracy!
This one’s done now, I think. Decided to take the plunge and sign it anyway (although I have now relaxed my self-imposed rule of not changing paintings at all after the signature). The light is quite poor today so the photo could probably be better; I may try to take one outside later if the Belgian gloom ever lets up.
Knowing when to stop with a painting is something I still find difficult. I was tempted to add some TV aerials to the roof of the red brick building at the left, and there should be a heap of air vents and so forth on the flat roof at the right. The boss suggested not to put them in, and I think she was right.
My two year daughter exclaimed ‘Ship!’ when she saw this, so hopefully it’s fairly recognisable. Completed, anyway. Quite pleased with some aspects of this one.
Started a new one today, first painting in my new ‘studio’ here in Belgium. Here’s the first and second stages…
More to come tomorrow!