Monday, 1 March 2010

Art Shop - Re-posted. (Clickable Pics).

In trying to make something of this painting I realised that for the first two months of this year, I have been painting 'against myself'. I haven't been 'in the flow' so to speak, and even though that is true from time to time for everyone alive trying to navigate this mundane plane, I really find that when it comes to painting, my expectations for success are probably too high. To be fair to myself, I am only painting on weekends at the moment, and I cannot get anywhere except in fits and starts.

I took the photograph of this local art shop at night just after the rain and liked it so much that I decided to turn it into a painting. Not wise. Capturing that strange yellow light on the pavement and the effects of the flourescent starbursts against the dark was very difficult. I've left it in this 'sketchy' style as I have decided not to take it any further. I have learned all I can from it. I also couldn't get the canvas as taut as I would have liked and I am fed up with canvas as a ground. I like panels, so I am not going to test canvas any more. I think I am also going to give up painting such large areas of darkness as this has proved to be almost impossible to photograph because of the glare.

"Art Shop"
Oil on Canvas - 14" x 16"

The Inspiration.


Chartan said...

I love it! and it's funny about your comment that you find the "best" workshops to be across the pond, I always find ones that I want to attend over "there" haha. The grass is always greener n'est-ce pas?

Chartan said...

oh man, I didn't click on the first viewing. TOTALLY INCREDIBLE! thanks so much, that's what I wanted! those brush strokes, LOVE IT!

Chartan said...

cuz then you know, you feel like you are PART of the painting, do you understand?

Anne Campbell said...

Thanks Charlotte - I do understand being part of the painting - I always click on others' work. Re 'clickable' pics: I got some help from IT chap at work today, but in the process, I deleted the original post with all my lovely comments - grr. Luckily I had the text saved in Word. I now know how to post clickable pics to order. You pushed me there so take credit for that! ;-)

Chartan said...

oh dear, I guess it has to be chalked up to "experience", but I'm so thrilled that I can now see your brush strokes, hurray!

Anne Campbell said...

Glad to be of service! ;) I'll now have to be ultra particular about my photography.