A few days ago I gave someone some advice when we were talking about finding our style (hi Betsy!). I told her that if there was something she did consistently, that she wished she wouldn’t, she should embrace it because that was her style trying to come out.
Well. I still stand by the advice, but you do have to learn how to get the best out of what you consistently do. I don’t often do buildings, and I wasn’t sure how to go about doing this one so I just kind of went at it. I ended up doing all those things that I kind of wish I didn’t do. I don’t think I did them very well.
But it’s okay. Now I have a better idea of what might actually work next time. I had expected the painting to be a challenge in perspective, but I didn’t expect it to be a challenge in values and it was. My original photo is faded (I took it in Clovelly, Devon in 1977), and I wasn’t sure how I wanted to handle the color.
And I did get some interesting textures that I like, scraping with a plastic fork, using a dry brush and lifting with a scrubber brush.. I’ll do the painting again. And I don’t think it will take me 39 years to get around to it this time, lol!