This work blog I guess has to be honest, so I will say I am not good at this sort of thing. My mind just closes up when I have to work out sizes and be precise..so I knew I was not going to do well with this. However, I had a go. I got the squares wrong, of course, which I realised after I started drawing, so I painted over it all and then started again. They are more rectangles than squares but I figured if proportionately correct this shouldn’t matter. Got it right this time. Scaled up by times 3 🙂 By the time I had drawn it out for the second time I had overcome my frustration and I was feeling quite pleased with myself….I can now understand the advantages to this method. By the way, I used a poly pocket to draw over the photo so as not to ruin it.
My photograph is one of my own from when we lived in Portugal, long time ago, and it is a twisted stone staircase in the Convent of Christ, Tomar. I thought as it is a complicated thing then the scaling up should make it work. I want to make the painting a little freer, not photographic, and to emphasise the shadows and show lots of colours in the sandy stone.
I did the painting today in about 3 hours, I think. My initial impression is that it is quite effective and colourful and I think I have captured well the light coming in through the window. I brightened up the colors outside; the sky was just white on the photo so I made it blue- er. I made the stone richer and warmer. I can unfortunately still see some of the pencil marks on the canvas but they are not that visible really, only that I know they are they. A2 canvas.
I thought that this exercise was not something that would ever chose to do again, but I have now revised my opinion and for something like this which is a complex structure it was quite a good idea!
Retrospective reflection: I am actually pleased with this! I think the blue outside works well as a complement to the warm, sandy tones inside and I can see some roughness to the brushstrokes that work well with to describe the stonework. I am pleased with the light and dark tones but feel maybe I could have described the building outside a little better, perhaps it could have benefited from being a little less bold.