Tuesday, 7 June 2011

May Project

The latest in the series of monthly projects shared by Peter Ward (www.watercolourfanatic@blogspot.com) and myself. The photograph is one I took on the Bridgewater canal at Lymm.

Bridgewater Canal at Lymm - Photograph

My regulars will be tiring of my recent travails and this piece epitomises the difficulties. I selected the image, thinking it would be a good test of a variety of things, including perspective. I began work on the picture a couple of weeks ago and it took days till I got the drawing anywhere near right and it's still not there. This had me almost avoiding the piece rather than get on with it. Once the painting was started the work was interrupted by other matters and was completed in stages over a number of sessions and I think that shows in the lack of linking passages. Had it not been for the arrangement I have with Peter I may well have ditched this piece.

Anyway here it is and I'm always happy to hear what fellow artists have to say about the flaws and how they might be worked upon.

Bridgewater Canal at Lymm - Watercolour on Rough paper 16" x 12"


Peter Ward said...

It's different to mine Mick but it appears my life is more sedate than yours has been recently! I still found the subject difficult.

Everything is in the right place, but the area under the bridge looks a bit odd and perhaps you might have varied the colour a little more in the roofs and bridge. That tree second right top appears to be growing out of the bridge?

Mick Carney said...

Peter - How embarrassing! You spotted the schoolboy error with the tree. Probably a function of the disjointed approach to the work. Missed out lots of stuff under the bridge. Your point about the colour is well taken. If I can face it I can attempt a fix.

rob ijbema said...

what a great way to keep each other going
you choose a great composition!

Mick Carney said...

Rob - Thanks for stopping by and your encouragement.