Miles On The Brush

One truism from the world of art is the saying that success is defined by ‘miles on the brush’ meaning how much have you painted. There is certainly a place for natural ability but that pales in comparison to the power of just doing it – a lot.

I find these paintings to illustrate what happens when we just keep on our journey.

These paintings are all based on Charing Cross in London, England. We visited there about 8 years ago.

This first painting was the first time I tackled the subject. It was painted in 2012. It was a real breakthrough for me at the time. In fact it was one of t he paintings I used to be juried into the Canadian Society Of Painters In Watercolour. All in all a big deal and it was the best I could do at that time.

Charing Cross (The Original)

Now 7 years later and a lot of miles on the brush I revisited the subject and this is what I came up with.

Rex Beanland, Charing Cross, watercolour, 9 x 12
Charing Cross

For me the fascinating insight here was that in the first painting your eyes go to the sun lit top of the building. In this second version your eyes go to the centre of interest the people and the cars. This is where the story is and therefore this second painting is much more successful. It’s the best I can do today. It’ll be interesting to see what it will look like in another 7 years.

So, if there is a lesson it’s – keep painting, keep learning – miles on the brush.

Rex Beanland, Charing Cross 2, watercolour, 8 x 6
Charing Cross 2

Just for fun here is another version done recently. A slightly different feel. It’s interesting for me to ask myself which one works best?

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