Monday, 28 October 2013

Progress of RIALTO AND GONDOLAS 2

"Rialto and Gondolas" 

In this second stage of the painting, you can see the building on the left is virtually completed and the canal is basically blocked in using blues and purples, still mindful of not hiding the bright pink underpainting. I have started in with some reflections and the gondolas are blocked in using black but need some alteration. The buildings and the Rialto Bridge have more detail and some are now stone coloured but will not stay that way!

As I am now painting with a palette knife, I find it is a quick process and enjoy painting in relief with the thick oil paint. This is working pretty well, especially in the detail of the buildings and the reflections in the water. It is difficult to show just how much the paint is in relief, but the next picture will be taken from an angle so you can see how effective it is to build up with oils so the painting stands out from the canvas.




"Rialto and Gondolas" 
(progress 2)
14" x 18" x 1"
wrapped canvas
Oil
© Jules Art Gallery 2013

Progress of RIALTO AND GONDOLAS 1

"Rialto and Gondolas" 

This painting - comprising a view of the Grand Canal in Venice, showing the Rialto Bridge, and a station of Gondolas, was the start of a painting instruction class from one of Wendy Jelbert's painting Venice book, that I particularly liked.  The book even included tracings so you can get the composition right and get to the painting stage quickly rather than struggle with getting your drawing right for a long time. 

This was perfect for me as I have always had problems drawing buildings and have had dreadful hours trying to get the perspective right. I therefore have tended to avoid subjects where these are needed. But this method is good practice for me and quicker to get to the main event of painting.

The daytime scene I originally painted was in watercolour, in cobalt and ultramarine blues and cadmium yellows in the main composition, which did work very well but now I am going for a more dramatic evening light.  

I decided to try something new, and paint 'dangerously'  by using an acrylic bright pink underpainting for the sky, water and partly on the bridge and buildings. That dried quickly and then I started in with the water and sky in oils, but also with a palette knife - but allowing the pink background to show through. 

The bright pink underpainting  and the purples in the sky and water, show that it is evening, and the sun is almost set.  Reflections from the pinks in the sky can easily be picked out in the water of the Grand Canal, and in reflected lights in the windows of the buildings.
So far, so good!


"Rialto and Gondolas" 
(progress 1)
14" x 18" x 1"
wrapped canvas
Oil
© Jules Art Gallery 2013

TECHNICOLOUR WINDMILLS VII - SOLD

"Technicolour Windmills VII"

This acrylic painting symbolises the windmills of Portugal,
in the heat of the summer. 
The painting also reflects the colours of
summer as seen on brightly painted houses 
and their traditional fishing boats.



"Technicolour Windmills VII"
(from a series of ten all now sold)
24" x 30" x 1.5"
wrap around canvas
Acrylic
© Jules Art Gallery
Sold into a Private Collection




LAST LEAF FALLS - SOLD

"Last Leaf Falls"

This is an abstract painted in acrylic and metallic paint on canvas depicting the
last leaf to fall from the tree, symbolising the arrival of winter.




"Last Leaf Falls"
30" x 24" x 1.5"
wrap around canvas
Acrylic
©JulesArtGallery
SOLD



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