The next in the series of monthly challenge photos that I share with my friend, Peter Ward. (www.watercolourfanatic.blogspot.com)
Peter sent this photograph of a canal scene and I puzzled for a while as to how to approach the subject. There were two main reasons for this. Firstly the scene is fairly cluttered and it was difficult to decide what might be the focal point or indeed whether to have one or not. Secondly the image doesn't easily fit into the style that I've been working on recently.
Canal Side - Photograph
Finally I decided to crop the image a bit and to make the people in the boat the centre of attention by increasing the size of that element in the picture.
Having left little time to complete this task before the end of the month I'm afraid i dropped back into some formulaic techniques to get through it and have left myself a little dissatisfied on that count having failed to adapt some of the style aspects I've been working on. On top of that I realise there's another failing and that lies in the relationship between the canoe and the barge on the right hand side, their relative sizes don't read right. Back to the drawing board.
Canal Side - Watercolour on Not paper 12" x 9"