Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Sun between the clouds, Queen Square, Bath

Now the show is over, I've had the chance to get back at the easel and it feels great! This one below is a painting of Queen Square in Bath. I work just around the corner from there and always admire the beautiful buildings when I walk pass, and it looks specially beautiful when it is sunny. Here is the result:

Sun between the clouds, Queen Square, Bath   10"x12"  oil on board

Detail

Here is below one of the original photographs reference taken on the spot. As usual, I decided to keep it loose and not get lost into details.



I've been focusing lately on paintings of Bath as I'm preparing to enter this year's Bath Prize. (click here for more info). The show will run in September and I will give more details closer to the date.

Meanwhile, there is a "Pre-Bath Prize" show running now with a selection of work from the previous winners and highly commended artists and I'm delighted to announce I have several paintings on display. There are also some lovely paintings from fellow talented painters Tim King and David Pilgrim. The venue is situated in the Centre of Bath (34 Stall Street, BA1 1QG - click here for the map) and the show will run for a couple of weeks so feel free to have a look if you are in Bath.


14 comments:

  1. Great little painting Valerie, with your own loose, painterly stamp on it. I'm working on one of Burford High Street, but I wish I had your loose approach!

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    1. Thanks Peter! Your work is fantastic so you surely don't want to change your style, although I surely can imagine that it must be tempting to work quickly like I do as your beautifully detailed work must take years! All the best

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    2. Not quite years! I'm pretty quick, but would love to paint more loosely, but thanks for your praise! Hope to paint with you sometime - I'm going to paint en plein air with David Pilgrim later in the year.

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    3. Yes would be lovely to paint all together someday. I do paint sometimes with David so we might end up together that day! All the best

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  2. Lovely brush strokes make an arresting image. One small thing though, the perspective lines of the kerb edges give the impression of a road that is steeper than the photograph shows. Was that intentional?

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    1. Thanks Mick. When I work from photograph, I only use it as a vague reference and I quickly stop looking at it to work from memory. So you'll certainly find plenty of things that don't match. Usually not on purpose but just happen to be. So don't worry about checking things like the number of windows as they won't add up :-) But thanks for the interest.

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  3. Brilliant painting here valerie. I love it. your style is second to none. well done again valerie. all the best.
    Vic.

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    1. Thanks Vic for your lovely comment as always. Hope all is well for you.

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  4. Just discovered your work, and love it. Nice confident loose approach. Will look forward to your updates in my mailbox

    best wishes

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    1. Thanks Nigel! I'm following yours too now! :-)

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  5. Valerie, your paintings are so beautiful and this one is no exception. I sure wish I could do what you do!
    Doug

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