Sometimes a painting just seems to appear out of a bit of doodling with colour. Quite often my painting time is at the end of a long day, or on a Sunday afternoon when everything else has been done. With so little time to paint, the careful planning, thumbnail sketches and preparation work sometimes feel too much like hard work. I just want to start getting the colour down on paper!
The temptation is to just dive straight in and in those cases, I think some of the art is in seeing where the real pictures is on the piece of paper. This is where technology is such a boon.
Here’s last night’s effort. I rather like the texture and the bold colours. I’m not thrilled about the balance on the picture though. The mid-page horizon line feels wrong.
So I tried two crops on the digital image:
Or go big on the sky:
So far, the balance of opinion is tipping towards the latter.