Almost too faint to record on the camera unfortunately, but I haven’t written anything for a while, so I shall just have to record where I am with the Docklands commission, which has become extremely time consuming as really we are talking about five pictures where normally there would be one
But, the five vignettes I managed to fit on the page, which in itself was no mean feat. Also I have managed to fit them in the order the client wanted. Along the top runs the iconic Canary Wharf skyline. I have gone for sunset colours, so I have built up coats of dilute orange followed by very dilute Vermilion. This vignette is still at an early stage. I have been mixing vermilion with Cobalt Blue to get a soft grey for some of the darker areas. I am doing this bit by bit as I don’t want to cover the red glow which I have at the moment. Just not apparent with the jpeg alas
Next down, Westferry Circus which has only had a coat of Raw Sienna so far and then Churchill Place, which has had shadows put in and a unifying wash of Phthalo Blue to give that effect of glass reflecting sky.
Below that the ferry with Docklands skyline, which I haven’t touched yet. Finally the Ledger Building, which is the pub. So far I have given the facade a coat of blue/violet to put the building in shadow. The flowers and the umbrellas are caught by the sun, so they escaped the shadow treatment. Again this is only base coat stuff, with more wet on dry as the days go by
We have time. The presentation won’t be until early September, although I would like to see this one gone by July
I have grossly undercharged this one, but that is my fault. I could not tell how much work this commission would entail, so I must just get on and finish it, and not grumble.
I am starting to have grounds for optimism with this one now, and think it will turn out ok. Certainly I have learned from it and how. Thinking of adding the Canary Wharf skyline to my list of potential paintings for forthcoming exhibitions
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Back again to your blog Monsieur!
I noticed that you like drawing skyline and usually try to give it some variation, so that it different from painting to painting. In the painting of the Bosham Harbour you usually draw is pale red. In Venice paintings it’s cool blue. Which one do you like most? Warm colour or cooler colours?
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A bit of both I suppose. I do like sunset colours which transform a well known view, so I have used red like Vermillion which works well with Cobalt Blue to make a warm grey. In the last Bosham painting I have used Cadmium Yellow which reflects on the water and makes a bright background. Anything else nearer tends to become a silhouette, which is an effect I like