Construction Season

Rex Beanland, Construction Season, watercolour, 9 x 12

Construction Season
watercolour, 9 x 12
















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.

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