Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Church on the Beach

'Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge'

DAY 20
'Church on the Beach' study 
oil on board 8" x 8"

Went right down to the wire on this one!
JUST about had enough light in the twilight zone (yes, there really is such a thing) to take a JUST about good enough photo.
Sadly, it's not finished and for the first time in this challenge, I ran out of time but hopefully you can get the gist.

All I can say is thank God the lighter evenings are on their way. Which begs the question, why the heck didn't I do this challenge during the longest days? Nutter.....

The challenge for this one was three-fold-
1. To use a very limited palette - Payne's gray, raw umber, Naples yellow, raw sienna and a blob of something grey and mouldy-looking leftover from yesterday's painting.
2. Perspective too, raised it's ugly head...*howls like an injured animal* something I try to steer well clear of.
3. To keep things simple.

Speaking of perspective, as I trained as a ceramicist many moons ago when
folk thought the world was flat and the most popular mode of transport was a donkey, perspective didn't really come into the syllabus of throwing pots.
I don't think it's something that comes naturally, though maybe some artists just have a natural eye, which I clearly don't.

I bought a book on perspective last year. (I mean it was reduced to 25p in my local library book sale and I thought it would look good on my shelves.)
Dear god, I glazed over after 5 minutes, developed palpitations and had to retire to a darkened room with a stiff drink. Seriously, serious stuff that hurt my head - 'vanishing to 1, 2 and 3 points' 'imperfect infinite regression' (yup! it's real and I really DID regress into infinity), 'inclined planes' (Are we talking take-off or landing?) and - wait for it - 'confusing roof line'. Yeh, if I was a roof line I'd be confused, too.
I did actually try one of the suggested 'simple' exercises (NOT) of 'drawing a colonnade of columns receding towards a single vanishing point' (had to copy this sentence from the book.) 

Geeze! I had the headache from hell after 5 minutes, threw a tantrum, toys went out the pram and I might have blubbed a bit. (Read - a lot.)

It's written by a proper, proper living artist - John Raynes and boy do I love his paintings, a seriously talented artist I've admired for many years.

I wonder if he'd agree to giving me a lesson or two?
Hope he doesn't mind a rather irrational, over-emotional, easily-brought-to-tears female blubbing on his artist's smock now and then...
BTW anyone guess where this is?

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  1. I love this. Can't wait to see it finished. I know what you mean about perspective. I had such problems with it in college that finally I told my professor," Hey, I'm marring an architect. That should be enough for perspective." I'll check out your FB page please check out mine.

    1. lovely art Jill. Well done! As for this painting..I'm not sure it will ever get finished!
      Thanks for your comment.