After some of the kind advice and suggestions I received last week – for which I’m most grateful – I came very close to not painting or posting anything at all this week.
In the end, however, I just couldn’t help myself!
I’d had something sketched out on a board for a week or so and, faced with the options of not painting or posting anything, or doing a quick painting and a quick post – well, here I am.
The view is one that I found on Pinterest some time ago when on my train station phase. The reference image is black and white and I really liked some of the strong contrasts and the the main compositional elements, especially the sweeping vertical arcs created by the station architecture and it’s reflection on the wet platform.
This was painted in one sitting and done really quickly, probably around 20 or 30 minutes in total, with a only a few colours and a couple of brushes. I also resisted as best I could every temptation to ‘fiddle’ with this. While it doesn’t warrant any close scrutiny, from across the room, I was quite pleased with how it reads.
I know it won’t be to everyone’s liking, but as a reminder of the speed and immediacy of watercolour, it did wonders for my spirit. I hope it’s not railway overkill to suggest that painting this felt like a glimmer of light at the end of a tunnel!
Here are few of my other train station paintings and posts from this year, (all of which took me quite a bit longer to paint that this one!):