Urban Landscape – Buildings
The working method I chose for this painting was dictated by he fact that I wanted to use backstreets from the small town in Spain where I had holidayed in August. My recollection was of the shaded street in strong sunlight and I had taken a couple of photographs which I wanted to use as reference. Each photo had figures but I wanted to construct a tension between them by incorporating them both in the same picture.
Sorting out the combined perspective was a bit misleading at first. I really wanted the eye-line of both characters to be horizontal, but it couldn’t work that way because of the slope of the hill.
I decided to paint in a representational style using oil over acrylic sketch. I was again influence by John Piper and incorporated a similar rebate edge echoing the style in his painting Cheltenham, Composite of Houses in Priory Parade and elsewhere.
Check and Log
· How did your chosen work method influence your finished work?
Because I chose to use memory and photographs, plus some influence of John Piper the painting was an amalgam of things. I also wanted to set up a kind of tension between the two figures. For this reason the work ended up as a representational piece because I felt that worked best.
· How did you apply the techniques and skills you have developed in relation to the natural landscape to the urban landscape?
Because I was working naturalistically things such as aerial perspective, linear perspective, and the capture of light were all elements which I used in this painting. Colour contrasts between the yellow building and mauve/blue shadow complimented by the related colour of reddish pink, as well as viridian green were also relevant, as they are in most paintings.