Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Cuban Car - No. 1 - First in a series

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5 x 4 in  -  13 x 10 cm.     This is the first in an intended series of Cuban Cars. I took the reference image for this painting during a vacation visit to Havan in Nov 2005. To get to the ref image click on the painting

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Girl at Henley Market

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10 x 14 in  -  25 x 36 cm.     This is not that successful a painting. But I do not see that as a problem. If an amateur painter only ever wants to show there very best work (what ever that is) it will slowly become harder and harder to ever show anything.

I attempted to do this piece in a Charles Reid style but to be honest I don't think I was brave enough.

Friday, January 05, 2007

A tent in the Rockies - My Copy

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20 x 14 in  -  51 x 36 cm.     This is my copy of a famous John Singer Sargent watercolor. I did this a couple months before I started this blog.

I was and am quite please with it, of course it has none of the quality of the original which can be found in the online J. S. Sargent Gallery.

A tent in the Rockies - Sargent's original
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Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Old Police Station Wokingham

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14 x 9 in  -  36 x 22 cm.    

Wokingham had a boom in the late 1800's after the railway arrived. This imposing police station and magistrates court was built as a consequence. The court and been unused for many years but the police station was still active until a couple of years ago.

It is architecture to symbolize power and authority. Of course this implies that there were people who needed to be kept in place and to feel the power looming over them. For why would the council have spent the money if there were not?

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year - Quick Still life

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11 x 12 in  -  28 x 30 cm.    
I was away over new year staying with a friend. As the light faded on new year's eve I quickly did this watercolor sketch.

I am pleased with it despite a number of obvious flaws.