We are having new water pipes installed at the end of our street. Today I was watching a workman cut a hole in a huge concrete pillar. The street was filled with the smoke and dust. The trees disappeared into the white smoke. As soon as I saw it I thought it would make a great painting. I rushed out with my paints to capture it. Can any other medium offer the immediacy of watercolour for quickly capturing the essence of a scene?
I’m finding myself drawn more and more to people doing things. There is always an energy in a painting when there are figures involved especially when they active.
Technically, this painting doesn’t happen with out extensive use of white gouache for the smoke/dust combo. It adds a very nice feeling of depth.