After a busy but relaxing and enjoyable Christmas holiday, I'm back in the studio. My plan is to develop a certain atmosphere in the paintings, something which appeared by accident in a couple I painted last year; the effect which occurs when a hard light shines through mist or cloud, it's getting there but still requires work, and more painting ... and even more painting. Here are a couple of examples, based on the Calais Tracks series I painted last year. I employ a hard top light - an unapolegetic cinematic favourite used bt Ken Adam to create a sense of vast size - and high contrast. The subject matter is also changing to something a little less bucolic. I shan't overthink this, better to just get stuck into the painting.
Clapham Tracks v3. 22"x15"
Clapham Tracks v4
Note use of asking fluid to define tracks and signal lamps.
London Tracks. Same technique as above.
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