Car Park

Benalmadena Kiosks - and using accidental highlights

Benalmadena kiosks

Watercolour 15" x 11"

Benalmadena and a couple of kiosks on the pavement.  I liked the angle of the light coming down the street balancing the angle of the background roof tops.  I also dropped in a little yellow into the foreground shadows to connect with that background.  The figure was an afterthought - there was a little slither of light and I used that as a bit of highlight on the figure's head.


Washing day Livorno

Washing day livorno

Watercolour 15" x 11"

I feel a washing day theme coming on.  hot on the heels of my Vernazza washing day, here's one from Livorno a bit further down the coast.  Maybe a misplaced red car - I normally recommend not having parts of vehicles going off the side, but it sort of works here I think and the parking road marks help take the eye onwards to the building.  I started with two figures on the left, but 2 more 'appeared' on the right after random lighter areas were left from the initial washes.



France Painting Holiday 2019 - Plein air #10 - Main square in village of Villefranche

France painting holiday plein air #10

Villefranche de Lonchat, France, Watercolour, 15" x 11"

A quickie while waiting for the bus to take us home.  This the lovely main square in the village of Villefranche de Lonchat. Maybe complete in 25 minutes or so.  You get to paint really loose when you have a time limit or deadline.

Painted on Saunders Waterford, Cold Press, 300 gms.

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Town Square Villefranche-de-Lonchat, France

Villefranche-de-Lonchat Square

Villefranche-de-Lonchat, France, 15" x 11"

A quick sketch of the square in the town of Villefranche-de-Lonchat.  Done with a limited palette.  Sorry to the locals as I removed some small trees in teh square which for me did nothing for the composition.  Well, trees can only be temporary anyway!  I try to give an impression of the old stonework rather than painting individual stones, I introduce a number of different colours into the walls, then a bit of clear water splattering to add to ageing effect.


Place Saint Eugenie, Biarritz and light against dark


Biarritz, France, 22" x 15".

The Place Sainte Eugenie near the seafront in Biarritz.  A row of shops on the left, a Hotel in the background in a darker light and then some cars I placed in front of that to have a bit of contrast.  That is a key element I look for when planning a painting is what area can be dark and what area can be light and also nice to have those two elements together to emphasise the tones.  So here it is a couple of cars, but it could equally have been a few figures with their shoulders and heads with some highlights against a dark background.


San Sebastian, La Gomera, Spain, 2


La Gomera, Spain, 15" x 11".

An fun painting to do and experimenting with warm and cool, plus a limited palette of colours.  So on the left I have a weak wash of cadmium red and on the right in the shadows is some strong cobalt blue, and in the darkest areas around the cars some neutral tint mixed with ultramarine blue.  And in those cool areas a few dabs of red for the car tail lights.  In some areas, while the paint is still damp, I lift out patches with some paper towel. 


Calle Huerta Chica, Marbella, Spain


Marbella, Spain, 15" x 11".

A back street in central Marbella.  I love including car park signs of course next to a car park, but to move the sign where it has a better feel in the composition, or here against a dark background.  You'll also see in the painting that my pencil marks still show - very evident on the skyline.  I am often asked whether I like to have these lines show.  Well I personally don't mind.  I think it adds to the freshness and loose style I follow.


Small Car Park, Porthleven, Cornwall - a limited range of colours


Porthleven, Cornwall, 15" x 11".

A small car park behind a row of houses in Porthleven, Cornwall.  Quite a simple scene with just a few cars. a van and a limited range of colours - mainly ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.  The building on the left was quite bright and I decided to 'dull' it down a bit - a touch of weak yellow (I use cadmium yellow in my palette).  The shadows on the right had some clear water dropped in while still damp, to create those runs from the car and building.