Friday, 15 June 2012
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Staithes Harbour Office
Staithes Harbour Office (Oil on canvas, 12 x 12 ins)
I'm not sure this has gone in the direction i thought it would, but I'm satisfied with the end result.
Posted by harry bell at 22:00 No comments:
Boat, Trogir Marina
Boat, Trogir Marina (Oil on board, 30 x 30 cm)
This needed only a little work to finish it, so it was a good way of easing into the day's work.
Posted by harry bell at 11:16 No comments:
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Seven Cakes and a View of Glasgow
Seven Cakes and a View of Glasgow (Oil on canvas, 16 x 16 ins)
I've worked on this one off and on for some time and finally decided today to just have a good go at it and pull it together. I think it works now.
I'll be taking it to a meeting of the Painters Group on Saturday where I'm unsure of its reception. The tutor and several of the painters seemed to find the concept puzzling last time I showed it to them. I find that puzzling.
Posted by harry bell at 19:43 7 comments:
Labels: cakes, food, Glasgow, Painters' Group
Thursday, 7 June 2012
First Staithes Painting
Harbour Office (work in progress)
This was one of the subjects I'd like to have tackled while I was at Staithes, but standing on the beach with the wind howling against my back made it impossible. Once I got back, however, I really wanted to have a go at it, so trying to shake off the current mood of "what's the point of it all", I got down to it today.
I think it's working out well. It would be possible to leave it as it is, I guess, but that's not my way. Having said that, there's not a lot more I need to do to it - some railings, a bit of defining of boat shapes and some lightening of the sand areas here and there.
Posted by harry bell at 18:44 2 comments:
Labels: boats, Staithes, work in progress
Monday, 4 June 2012
A Little More Cathedral
Cathedral (work in progress)
I've been struggling recently to get any painting done, partly because of some kind of existential angst - what am I painting for? However, I did drop into the Art Club last week and move this painting of the Cathedral and Black Gate along somewhat.
The buildings are working out OK, I think. I can now turn my attention to the top third, defining the town in the distance a little, and then settling the sky.
Posted by harry bell at 14:30 2 comments:
Labels: Art Club, church, sky, work in progress
Sunday, 3 June 2012
A Week in Staithes (7)
Stone and Brick Wal, Staithes Beck
(Pentel Brushpen in 21 x 26 cm sketchbook)
Although I'd been happy using the fine line marker for some of these drawings, it did seem to need quite a firm hand. Last year, I'd so enjoyed exploring the qualities of the Brushpen that I'd been a little disappointed to realise it didn't easily lend itself to the depiction of buildings.
Sitting on one of the concrete stepping stones that cross the Beck, I decided that this crumbling old wall was just what I needed to get out the Brushpen again. It really is a joy to use.
Posted by harry bell at 10:32 9 comments:
Labels: brush-pen, sketchbook, Staithes
Saturday, 2 June 2012
A Week in Staithes (6)
Round the corner, Staithes (0.8 fine line marker in 21 x 26 cm sketchbook)
You can probably begin to appreciate how much I was trying to avoid standing in the wind still blowing through the town when I tell you that this subject was quite literally round the corner form the front door of our cottage. Having said that, it wasn't out of desperation that I decided to draw it; I walked past it every time I went down to the Beck and was always taken with the way it seemed to fold in on itself.
Posted by harry bell at 12:06 8 comments:
Labels: markers, sketchbook, Staithes
Friday, 1 June 2012
A Week in Staithes (5)
Chimneys, Staithes (0.8 fine line marker in 21 x 26 cm sketchbook)
As the freezing wind ate away at my confidence to do work of any duration, I went back up the path I'd used the day before. This time, however, instead of concentrating on what lay across the valley I decided to draw what was closer to where I stood.
You might think that the lines in the background represent a cloudy sky, but they are, in fact, a basic delineation of part of Cowbar Nab, the grass-covered rocky outcrop to the west of Staithes. The Nab is covered in nesting seagulls, but at least one of them has settled on the smaller chimneys to the left.
Posted by harry bell at 11:06 14 comments:
Labels: markers, roofs, sketchbook, Staithes
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