This isn’t it

Work in progress #2 – adding colour, adjusting the composition
Work in progress #2 – adding colour, adjusting the composition
Work in progress # 3, detail – more colour, more texture (and quite a lot of paint)
Work in progress # 3, detail – more colour, more texture (and quite a lot of paint)

I had such a clear idea of what I wanted to see on my canvas ― and this isn’t it. But at least the end is now in sight… Click here to see WIP #1.

14 thoughts on “This isn’t it

  1. I don’t know what you had in mind, but this is pretty cool. To me, it looks like a paint version of those toy-perspective photo-manipulations you’ve done. Along those lines, I know the elements aren’t toys, but they do look toy-like. I like the duality of that.

    1. Thank you, David. I really appreciate the feedback. I originally had in mind something fairly abstract… but then I was seduced by detail and texture and just sort of went with it : )

    1. Thank you, Rosa. It’s changed a bit since I took these photos… the purples (which I liked but found a bit distracting) are more grey and the reds are darker.
      Do you want to know a secret? It’s now finished — I’ll post the final version on Monday.

    1. I did carry on and now I’m done. Or should I say that it is done with me?

      Yes, my paintings probably take over about 30 percent of the time. It depends on a) how strong my vision is to begin with and b) my reason for painting a particular piece — if, for example, my reason is to experiment and ‘see what happens if…’, then anything is possible. It would be awfully dull being an artist if there were no surprises : )

  2. I’ve been scrolling up down up down Anna 🙂 I like the details and letting it take you with it I’m sure has paid off … I heard your little secret there so look forward to Monday 😉

  3. So many times when I’m in the middle of painting, I’ll wonder “what the heck is this?” But then in do time the painting reveals itself to me. I gather yours is doing the same, by the looks of version #3 it’s coming together very nicely. Looking forward to your finish scene.

  4. It’s very New Zealand… apart from those two cathedral-like frontages; are they real houses somewhere? They have a stage-set like quality, compared to the typical-NZ feel of the rest of it.

    1. : ) I assure you those ‘cathedral-like frontages’ are real and I included them because they are typical of the awesome architecture we saw in Dunedin (check out my link to WIP #1 to see the photo reference). The building in question is part of Otago Boys’ High School.

      1. Ah, I see. They are real, but not really at the same scale as the houses, hence my feeling their un-reality.

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