One of England’s little treasures, the village of Robin Hood’s Bay which cascades down the hill to the sea in North Yorkshire.
Robin Hood’s Bay
18 X 18
We were out at our friend Maria’s ranch near Millarville. I did this plein air study. I was trying to put into practice all the techniques I’ve been working on especially appropriate values from background to foreground and also connecting shapes. It’s much harder to do when working on location and faced with the scope of nature. Much easier when working in the studio from photos. Anyway, it was a lot of fun and not too bad an effort.
This is the studio version of a painting I did a few days ago. I think it has a much more interesting value pattern from the lighter, distant buildings to the darker foreground buildings and the people. The perspective is also straightened out a bit.
18 X 24
The second image in my new series. A favourite view of downtown Calgary. Barely visible is the back of Central United Church (it’s hidden behind the red building). I’ve added 2012 since I did another view of this subject a few years ago.
Central United, 2012
16 X 12
I’ve talked about the importance I put on thumbnail sketches frequently in this blog. Once again I’m finding them invaluable.
As I’ve mentioned recently, I’ve been really inspired by my study of the watercolour styles of Joseph Zbukvic and Alvaro Castagnet. I think it’s a case of ‘when you’re ready to learn the teacher will appear’. I love to draw and I’m pretty good at drawing things in perspective so I enjoy the challenge of drawing buildings, cars and people. What I’ve learned from these artists is to combine this love of drawing with a strong and focused use of value.
In these sketches I’m practicing all this knowledge using my own reference material.
The plan is to use these 2 thumbnail sketches to do larger paintings (16 X 12). I’ll post the results.
The top one is the alley behind the Central United Church in downtown Calgary. The bottom one is from a photo I took during our trip to London 3 years ago.