Thursday 14 June 2012
Tuesday 12 June 2012
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.
Thursday 7 June 2012
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.
Monday 4 June 2012
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.
Sunday 3 June 2012
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.
Saturday 2 June 2012
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.
Friday 1 June 2012
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.