Tuesday, 4 September 2012

George Street - Friday evening in August

Here is my latest Bath painting that I will enter just in time for the Bath Prize. This is George Street on a summer evening (click on the image to see a bigger picture)

George Street - Friday evening in August   12"x20"  oil on board


Here is a close up of a section of the painting, probably my favourite part, as I love the contrast of the light on the distant buildings with the darker buildings in the foreground:



I made the painting in my studio based on a series of pictures I took a few weeks ago as I was going for a drink on friday night. I was on my way to the pub when I got struck by this beautiful scene and thought it would be a great painting subject. I managed to take a few pictures just seconds before the sun disappeared for good behind the clouds:


One of the photo references

Here are a couple of close up of the painting:

detail





detail

I will post soon my last painting for the Bath Prize and more details about the show. Looking forward to it already!

11 comments:

  1. I like this one, really good job. go on !!!

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  2. Indeed great piece.

    If you don't win consider a move, they are just don't worth to inhabit such a great artist!

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  3. Really fine painting Valerie - a cracker! I love the cars, done with great economy.

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  4. Thanks all for the kind comment. The chance to win anything is very slim so I'm not banking on that and would happy just to have my work displayed there...

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  5. If that one does not win something I will eat my hat! Great stuff Valerie and good to know that you are not allowing the house sale business to deflect you from your true path!

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    1. Thanks Tim. I hope you have strong stomach, because the only prize this painting could win - because it's not a selected location or a plein air work - is the actual 5K Bath Prize! I'm not being pessimistic, but that's aiming pretty high! :-)

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  6. Hi Valerie.
    This is one brilliant painting. Is it completely plein air? if so it is amazing. First class painting here Valerie. I give you full marks for this one. All the best.
    Vic.
    P.S. I go along with Tim, I`ll eat my hat as well.

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    1. Thanks Vic! I wish I could say I painted this plein air but I didn't. I took a photograph of that scene as I was on my way to go for a drink and this sun reflection on the buildings lasted just for a few minutes - would be very difficult to catch on a plein air work, specially since the painting is a fairly big canvas, well big for me at least (12"x20")

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  7. Valerie, this is a winner!! Love it. I'll be dining at the same restaurant as Tim and have my own hat with a side order of chips and salad if this doesn't bag a prize :)

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    1. Thanks David, your comment made me laugh. As I replied to Tim, I don't want to be pessimistic but the only prize this painting could win - because it's not a selected location or a plein air work - is the actual 5K Bath Prize! Get your hat ready! If I do win the prize though, I'll invite you both to the most beautiful restaurant in Venice so you can eat something much tastier than your hat!

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