Saturday, 27 December 2008

Xmas Unwrapped

Pension Kasteli (Oil on canvas, 12 x 12 ins.) (Private Collection)

It may have appeared that I'd stopped painting in the last week or so, but I've actually been working on this painting as a Xmas present for my partner, Pat. It was a secret, of course, so I couldn't post anything about it here as she'd be bound to see it.

At first, I thought I wouldn't be able to paint the hotel because the photograph I had was taken at such an acute angle. However, Photoshop proved itself more than up to the task. Using a Perspective Edit, I was able to stretch the building back into a face-on viewpoint. Photoshop never ceases to amaze me.

The painting is of the lovely little place we stayed in on Crete in September last year. Our room was at the back and I did this drawing from the balcony.


vivien said...

I bet she was delighted :>)

Anonymous said...

I was indeed delighted. A Christmas present created especially for me, and one that will ever remind me of a happy time. what more could I ask? :>)


JafaBrit's Art said...

What a lovely present :)
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, all the best for the new year.

Anonymous said...

Lovely painting, Harry. Looks like a beautiful spot. Glad to see that Pat likes it.


harrybell said...

Vivien -- I guess I don't need to answer :)

Corrine -- it was a great Xmas, thanks. Hope yours was, too, and that the New year is one of the best.

Bruce -- thanks, it seems to have hit the spot.