Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Salute Sunset - Finished?

First of all, a big thanks to all of you who made suggestions for my next stab at this and I have tried to incorporate them into my reworking. The main things for me were to increase the value range and try to retain some hint of colour in the shadow side of the buildings. I also tried to create some shadow in front of the buildings. It still needs one or two touches but I think it's almost at a finish.

I have sketch books full of work I've done in Venice and I may spend a bit of time over the next month or so working some of them up into finished paintings.

Salute Sunset - Oil on stretched linen 16" x 12"

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Salute Sunset WIP

I haven't had much chance to use the oils recently and as the light improved a little over the last couple of days I laid out some paint to make an effort to get the feel of the oil again.  For subject matter I dug out my Venice sketch books and picked a sketch I made one evening as the sun dropped behind the Salute. The sketch along with a photograph taken at the same time provided the source material.

The work so far has established the basic composition and colour ideas for the final composition and is now going to be left for a few days before refining the basic ideas and finishing it off. I've taken it a little bit further than I usually would which might limit the flexibility I have when I return to it. Alternatively I might leave it a little longer to allow a complete drying then key the surface with medium and rework.

Any suggestions you have to make would be gratefully received.

Salute Sunset WIP - Oil on stretched linen