You may recall this watercolour painting of London’s Picadilly Circus from a few weeks ago:
Well, I so enjoyed painting this, and how it turned out, that I thought I’d do another painting based on a similar view. I’d been fortunate to happen across this view at just the right time of day to capture quite a few images of the sinking sun streaming along Picadilly (which is the street on the left of this painting, along which you’ll find the Royal Academy amongst many other delights!)
Another great thing about scenes like this is the constant hustle and bustle of people and traffic moving about. The main architectural elements remain static but in front of them, the scene is constantly changing, presenting new elements and creating new possibilities for compositions.
Here’s how I got on:
As before, I enjoyed painting this view and the different elements, especially the cyclist in the foreground, presented some interesting challenges for me. While there was a few touch and go moments, I’m really pleased with how this turned out.
And here’s the two images side by side for comparison:
I do like both paintings and, while I’m reluctant to choose between the two, and it’s not as if anyone’s making me choose, if I had to, I’d go for the second version. All creative and artistic merits aside, I think it brings back memories of my own time spent cycling through the streets of London.
Starling Studio Exhibition as part of Brighton’s Open Houses exhibition
I think that this painting will be the last one to make it into my forthcoming exhibition at Starling Studios. I really need to put down my brushes now and focus all my efforts on getting everything ready for the exhibition! I still have so much to do, and so little time to do it all in!
I’ll be setting up my part of the exhibition next Thursday ahead of a private view on Friday evening. I’ll be at Starling Studios in person all day on Saturday 14th May from 11-5pm and on Sunday 15th from 2.30pm until 5pm. Please do drop by if you find yourself in the vicinity! The exhibition will continue the following weekend, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd from 11am-5pm but I’ll be away that weekend on my long-awaited and much anticipated weekend masterclass with Alvaro Castagnet!