small paintings

Small paintings born in observations that attract the eye and mind.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Paintings of Coogee - effect of light conditions on the subject

After all the rain in Sydney it was good to get out in the sun again.  Visited Coogee beach on a lovely sunny day and did a small watercolour of the bright light hitting the surf life saving club and hotel.
Coogee, Sydney, Australia
Watercolour, ink & gauche on Strathmore 300gsm
5.5 x 8.5 inches (14 x 21cm)
A few months ago I painted a larger oil showing the view just after the sun went down. The combination of the night light and ocean reflections provided stunning light & atmosphere.  Although the two were painted from a different viewpoint, they both feature the surf life saving club on the left and the Grand Pacific private hotel with the Barzooka restaurant to the right of it. (which incidentally is recommended for lunch and dinner)
Coogee Evening
Oil on Canvas
24 x  24 inches (60 x 60cm)
The same subject with two very different light conditions -  the uniqueness of a painting is very much about the prevailing light and atmosphere. Any views?
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Nocturnal Painting - Three Amigos at the Domain near Sydney Hospital & Parliament House Sydney

I am finding the city at night an interesting place to paint. The light effects and shadows create interesting shapes and a sense of mystery which lends themselves to a more abstract quality in the paintings.
This painting came as I was heading home after an exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, and my friends were waiting for me to catch up. The light behind them created mysterious atmospheric silhouettes.
Oil on canvas, mounted on board
10 x 12 inches  (25 x 30 cm)
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