The finished version of Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
There are still things I look at and feel like going back and fiddling with, but I have learned to resist that, and have finally decided that the painting is finished
Since posting the underpainting, I have been back in with stronger versions of the Transparent Brown and Violet mix, bringing, I hope, the image closer to the eye, as the detailing becomes sharper
I have had to resist making the detail of the basilica too sharp in order to give the impression of distance. The shadows in the garden and on the steps I have deepened. Likewise the foreground figures, with the obligatory spots of red in the foreground, which are discreet, but they are there.
If I can find a suitable frame, I should be able to include this one in my July exhibition at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford
I bought recently an interesting frame in a driftwood texture, which is comparatively long with the mount divided into four spaces. They are usually used for photographs. I bought it at a craft fair recently. At the same fair, a watercolour artist was showing , and had included one of these frames with four individual pictures making up a wide scene, which looked very effective. I thought I might try something similar. Not the same picture, I hasten to add, but a retake on something I have done before of a long line of beached fishing boats in Devon
I have finally launched my Artfinder shop. The application form was a bit of a marathon, but the support staff were very helpful indeed. I know they are supposed to be, but sometimes they aren’t. The young woman at Artfinder who I think, took pity on me and patiently answered my questions, helping me over the hurdles, was truly excellent.
I have only listed six paintings so far, as the uploading can take a time, if like me you don’t get the sizing right always, but there will be more as time goes by. We’ll see how it goes