Great to be painting in the Met early this morning as the organist was busy going through a wide range of music, sure beats Radio 5 which is my usual background sound while working.
Today worked on Met canvas 1 and 3, with canvas simplified right down, I removed a lot of detail that was not working and will allow the users eye/brain to fill in the details.
Met Cathedral canvases 1,2 and 3
Back to the Anglican Cathedral this morning, with the light still not good within the cathedral to the point to where I cant be sure of the colours that I’m mixing. The view south to the exit order is great when the sun does come out as the cast of shadows across the floor make a great pattern across the floor intersecting the light the comes though the windows in the doors.
The three ‘anglican’ paintings although only worked on canvases one and three today.
Early start with the weather overcast and so the light on the second canvas was not possible to work on as it relies on the sun coming through on one of the chapel windows, but luckily around 11.00am there was about an hour of sunlight and I could work on it and all three Met canvases today.
Met canvases 1, 2 and 3
I continued working on the north window canvas, and started the third of the three Anglican cathedral paintings this morning. The light changes a lot but when strong across the walkway and with the arches the pattern of light is very interesting to paint…..back to the Met Wednesday….
The three Liverpool Anglican Cathedral paintings.
Morning work included starting the third canvas and more work on the first. The light was not good this morning as the weather was overcast.
Paintings 1, 2 and 3:
Some of the quick sketches painted and drawn last week in Venice.
Venice biennale 2015
I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Venice last week and visited as well as museums like the Peggy Guggenheim museum – this year’s Venice biennale.
I’ve not been to the biennale before even though I’ve visited Venice a number of times, the area that is dedicated to the biennale is in the Giardini area of Venice and the exhibition is divided in to a number of small buildings dedicated to a nations work, or at least the artists they choose to represent them. The area reminds me of a Californian zoo only the occupants of the buildings are works of art!
Enjoyable to see the wide variety of art, though I have to say if I see another arrangement of sticks on a white floor ever again I’m going to personally use them as fire wood. Much of the work I felt I’d seen before, the ‘Swiss’ building for example had a tank of pink fluid in a fluorescent green building, rather too close in feel to the huge black oil filled tank in the Saatchi and Saatchi gallery on London’s Kings Road for my liking…..there’s nothing new under the sun….
Not surprIsingly the paintings in the Guggenheim earlier in the visit were of greater quality and included works by Klee, Pollack and Rothko all ‘old modern’ art but all felt more relevant and fresh than what was in the biennale.
The only nation and artist work I actually liked was the Romanian one with paintings by Adrian Ghenie … which reminded me of Ron Kitajs work and had real quality.
That of course is just my opinion and who am I with my roots and influence in post impressions and Euston road school to judge others!
I did a number small watercolour sketches during the visit to Venice and I’ll post those after this one.
Back to the Liverpool cathedral paintings this week, looking forward to it!
My Liverpool based exhibition will be on for two months and due to open on 14th August in Liverpool’s Matthew Street.
Did some work across all 12 small London Canvas illustrations today.
Favourite of the current 12 is February and the tobogganing scene, that and skiing, best fun in the world!
Painted in the Met Cathedral this morning working on two canvases, with the one I’ve only worked 1 hour on having the most progress, the one Ive spent 12 hours on so far, still needs the most work…..always the way!……
…back to the Anglican Cathedral tomorrow, probably bleary eyed after watching the election results.
This morning I worked on the Anglican Cathedral south window canvas, mostly around the stained glass window, went well but as with most paintings goes through stages of good and bad, finished on good, which helps.
This afternoon work was on the London 12 monthly canvases, again went while listening to the final stages of the 2015 election build up on the radio.
February’s painting is the snow scene with two children on the toboggan, great to paint snow, always like the contrast of yellow/white of snow with the blue/purple that will appear in the shadows.
Anglican South Window (Canvas 2)
London 12 canvases – today’s work (12 months)