There may be a few of you out there that might remember this painting from 2016. In fact, this image is the second painting that I did of this view, as the first one sold very quickly!
This second painting also sold quite quickly too but, aside from the sales, I also like this composition. I love boats out of water. There’s something about their silhouettes and, if they’re out of the water, you tend to be looking up at them, rather than at eye level with them, which gives them a greater sense of monumentality.
I’ve purposefully avoided revisiting this image again as I knew that I was pleased with my previous efforts but, on this occasion, I couldn’t resist its call. I didn’t look back at my previous paintings before starting this painting, but I did manage to find the original photographs to work from.
From the outset thought, I knew there were going to be some key differences. My first two efforts were both quarter-sheet paintings, and I knew I wanted this one to be a larger half-sheet attempt. Also, for the first two, I used masking fluid to block out the wooden steps and parts of the platform in the foreground. For this attempt, I resolved to paint negatively around the steps.
Here’s how I got on:
And, for ease of comparison, here are the two efforts, six years apart but side by side:
I’m not sure that seeing these two paintings side by side is the best way to compare my progress over the past six years! There’s a lot that I like about the 2016 version, but I think that my most recent effort shows greater confidence and assuredness, especially in terms of colour mixing.
brighton breakers finds a new home
My painting of ‘Brighton Breakers’ was one of the paintings that I sold during my recent exhibition at Starling Studios. As it was purchased as a gift for Fathers day, I’ve had to keep it under my hat but I can now share news of this!
What was particularly pleasing, and also particularly rare in my experience, is to see one of my paintings in situ. Here are a couple of images from Instagram that show the painting in its new home:
Dare I say ‘bouyed’ by these paintings, I’m considering staying with the nautical theme for my next painting too!