It was done the day after the lightning strike when the weather was a bit odd and I was waiting around to see "what needed to happen next" re the telephone and modem - so staying near to the house seemed like a sensible idea. Ruth did a sterling job in England sorting out the telephone people while I dabbed at the board with some paint!
|Oil Painting #4 - the view from Julian's studio window|
5" x 7" oil on board
The painting is on a small 5" x 7" board and the smoother surface of the sanded down gesso certainly helped me paint. I also learned how to scratch out and what happens if you use a bit more paint and a bit less solvent.
I made a mistake with this painting in trying to include the roof of a small outbuilding which made absolutely no sense to the painting unless you knew what it was - which was when I learned about how you can paint things out of the picture!
The main benefits/lessons for me were
- finding out how much I liked working at an easel in a studio! That's not something I routinely do and I now have to think about how this might be remedied in "real life" - as opposed to "Provencal life" which is now becoming something of a dreamlike state!
- learning just how difficult it is to find a subject which works in terms of composition, colour and brushwork when painting a small painting. My admiration for those who can do this grew in leaps and bounds - especiallyin relation to the local landscapes produced by Julian.