I researched Barbara Rae landscapes here:
Looking at the work of David Bomberg here:
I revisited ‘Don Quixote’s Vision’ in charcoal studies and one colour study here:
With #1’Don Quixote’s Vision’ perhaps I lost the original focus for it mainly because the day I visited the site to paint it was a clear and bright day, and I ended up using that as the background and influence, (which I still feel in itself worked well, I came back very happy with what I had done that day) but I do accept the original intention was the feeling of size and menace in the sky, which did get lost. By #3, ‘Ruinas Romanos’, I had realised that I can add in a sky from another day and use that; after all I was looking indeed at a narrative and not just a painting of ‘what is there’. I had felt that my assignment 4 painting had gone well because I had laid most of it down en plein aire, which had given it a fresh, gestural and looser approach; this had made me keen to try and do this again and I had chosen landscapes in part to be able to work outside. I do feel I have learnt from this. It has been very helpful and a learning experience to revisit this work and to do more sketches and then a colour sketch as well; I feel it got me back nearer to my original vision for this work.
In the composition for #3 ‘Ruinas Romanos/La Refinería ‘ I felt the steps were always going to be the main focus and I liked the idea of them leading you up into the modern, industrial world; this is the juxtaposition I was aiming for. I decided to put in the wall so as to balance the colours that I had put into the sky and still feel this worked quite well. Really most of the ruins were just that: stones on the ground so I needed to put the column bases and pillars all together, where I hoped they may have been previously. I think my looser, dryer brushwork worked well on this painting, giving a more open, looser effect with a ghostly feel.
I understand that I need to reflect more on my handling of the paint, and brushstrokes, and to make notes in my sketchbooks along side the sketches themselves, which would help me to focus my thoughts and also to understand what I was thinking and planning when I look back at my work.