I so enjoyed painting this view last week that I felt it merited another go but this time larger, so this is a half imperial sized painting from a slightly different angle:
I was quite pleased with how this turned out. My aim with the different angle was to help maintain the viewer’s focus on the centre of the painting by including the lamp. I hoped that this would stop the viewers eye from being drawn out of the painting on the right hand side.
Here are the two recent paintings of this view side by side for ease of comparison:
I like both of these paintings, albeit probably for slightly different reasons. What I do like about them both is that they are both evocative of London’s Southbank and certainly remind me of the atmosphere there during our brief visit. I’d welcome other people’s thoughts on these about which of them they prefer: with the lamp or without the lamp?
I was about to start on a third view of this scene, this time a landscape version, but at the 12th hour I thought better of it and decided to do a quick study of something else instead. This is a view looking up at the front of Tate Britain to one of the statues that tops the steps of the main entrance:
In retrospect, I wish I’d stuck with my original intention and gone for the landscape view of the South Bank! Fortunately, this didn’t take long so it’s no great loss!
In other news…
I was pleased – and a little relieved – to finish and deliver a commission that I’ve been working on lately. It’s a present that isn’t due to be delivered to it’s recipient until the end of July, until when I’ve been sworn to secrecy! Hopefully, if I remember, and if it’s well received, I’ll share it here as and when I’m allowed!
I was also delighted to sell another couple of paintings to a collector in Wales. These paintings are currently in transit and, all being well, I’ll share them once I know that the collector is happy with them!
Finally, it’s been brought to my attention that Jackson’s Art Supplies have re-introduced The Frazer Price Palette Box. Now long time readers will know that this is my favoured sketching palette and that I’ve been championing it for many years now!
It’s great that it’s finally been brought back into production and that many others may now be able to enjoy painting with this wonderful palette!
From a purely selfish point of view, it does mean that the value of my collection of the original palettes, of which I think I have three, has taken a massive nose dive! I’d previously seen some of the original palettes changing hands on Ebay for well over £200, but who’s going to pay that now when you can get a brand new one for £100! Ah well, there goes my daughter’s inheritance!
On the plus side, the interest generated by Jacksons reintroducing this palette has led to quite a surge in views of my video review of the palette.
The graph below shows the views of my Frazer Prize Palette Box Video on YouTube from when I uploaded it a few years ago until today! You can see the spike in the past few weeks as more people have been watching my video review. It’s basically been driven by people watching the videos by Jackson’s Art Supplies, or reading it about on their site, and then looking around for some more information about them.
I’ve love to hear from anyone that does buy one of these palettes!
In the meantime, I’m off to track down my next subject matter!