Landsdowne Place, Hove – watercolour painting

This will be an especially brief post, but hopefully none the worse for that!

There are sometimes those most serendipitous of moments, and I think this is an example of just such an occasion.

I was struggling for inspiration, pushed for time and decidedly grumpy having just received a parking ticket! The cupboards were also bare so I decided that there was nothing for it but to head out to the shops.

On turning the corner onto Landsdowne Place, which is just three or four minutes from where I live, I was greeted with the magnificent view of the afternoon sun breaking through some clouds and hitting the sea. This is a walk I do often, so it’s easy to take for granted how lucky we are to live where we do, but sometimes the light will be do something that makes you stop in your tracks to just drink in the view, and to take few photos of course!

Soon after returning from my trip to the shops, I set about painting this view while the memory was still fresh in my mind:

Landsdowne Place watercolour painting

I appreciate it’s not perhaps the most attractive of views but, aside from the light, I really liked all of the strong lines created by the myriad of scaffolding poles. I was also pleased with the simplification of many of the elements, from the buildings to the many cars stretching out into the distance.

For a relatively quick study, I was quite pleased with how this turned out, though afraid this photograph may not have captured it in the best possible light.

Thoughts on Landsdowne Place, Hove – watercolour painting

9 thoughts on “Landsdowne Place, Hove – watercolour painting”

  1. Bravo John pour cette capture d’une atmosphère de fin de journée, le chantier est redevenu calme, la rue également, et la mer se devine là-bas, … , au bruit des vagues. Belle ambiance et belle mise en page.
    Joyeux Noël

  2. Hi John. Well you keep coming up with them! This is another goody…nice job. I’d like to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas. Unfortunately i have broken the wrist of my dominant hand (my left) but will struggle on and see what I can come up with. Best wishes,
    Carole Rogers

    1. Hi Carole and thanks so much for thi! I’m so sorry to hear about your wrist – I’ve experienced the same and know how surprisingly debilitating it can be (and this was before I started painting!). I’ll be squeezing one more post in before Christmas, but in case you miss in amongst everything else that will be going on, I hope you have a wonderful festive season and that your wrist doesn’t cause you too much discomfort (a perfect excuse to insist that you’re waited on hand and foot!)

    1. Thanks so much Drew! I hope you recognised it and that it may have brought back a few memories! I’ve nearby here for almost 12 years and I’d couldn’t even begin to guess how many times I’ve walked up and down this street!

  3. Definitely one of your best yet. You’ve captured the Hove atmosphere, sea light, parked vans and cars with their rounded roofs contrasting with the lines and squares geometric qualities of the scaffolding. It’s a composition masterpiece. Happy Christmas.

    1. Wow Janet ‘one of your best yet’! I wasn’t expecting that so I’m naturally completely delighted, thank you so much, and I hope that all your preparations for the festive season are on time and going to plan!

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