Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Cottage at Amberley

Last Wednesday we were to meet at Amberley to paint. It was a foul day and I arrived 30 mins late, after baby-sitting Harry. No-one was around - they probably went home because the weather was so bad. I took a selection of photographs, and selected this cottage to paint when I arrived home.

The perspective drove me round the bend, but I felt that I had cracked it. However, Doug, one of the guides on Wet Canvas, pointed out that while the house looked OK, the front wall did not. He kindly checked it out, and it turned out to be because the photograph was tilted. Doug has done some excellent tutorials on how to correct perspective in photographs, so I am forewarned and forearmed for next time.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Sousse revisited

That lamp post with a palm shadow really bugged me. With the help of some very kind people at Wet Canvas, a solution was found. This really finishes the picture off IMHO.

Monday, 20 August 2007

Entrance to the Medina at Sousse

A meeting in London last Wednesday meant that i missed the painting morning at Burpham. This was, therefore, painted from a photograph taken on our holiday in Tunisia in June.

It is 29 cms by 39 cms.

Around the tower to the right, hordes of very pushy Tunisian stall holders lie in wait to be your best friend and sell you anything they can. This is the peaceful lull before you enter.

The shadow of the palm in the foreground annoys me. It was included for interest, but the tree is out of the picture, almost over the head of the viewer. The problem is that it looks as if the lamp post is casting the shadow of a tree!

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Harry's Cat

My 18 month old grandson, Harry, is mad on cats. He is kind enough to share almost everything with me - his time, his half-eaten biscuits, and his cold - so I thought I should do something for him.

This was painted very quickly in St Petersburg paints and is approx 28 cms by 24 cms.