Stumble Inn, Elmina
Here is a different painting for you to enjoy. I really pushed myself here by changing my colour scheme to green, orange and white, which are definitely not colours I would normally use. I have wanted to paint the huts on the beach for a very long time. This painting is inspired from Stumble Inn, Elmina. A gorgeous Eco resort set on a beautiful beach where Greg and I stayed during our first holiday in Ghana. I am combining some of my favourite techniques now such as the patterns from the fabrics and dry brushing.
I still really love the Impressionist/Expressionist feel to my paintings. This element will unify my images when they are all exhibited together. I am still working towards an exhibition hopefully in April or May so stay tuned for that one!
I completed these paintings today. Both are focusing on weathered walls from photo sources that I have admired and seen as a painting for a long time.
This is from a photo taken by Franco- a teacher from my school. As soon as I saw it I adored the colours, layers and scale. This would have worked really well on a piece of wood as you could be very rough with the sandpaper. It was a little difficult and time-consuming sanding back all the layers of paint on a stretched canvas due to its flexibility. I do however, really like the effect. I particularly like the contrast between the cool and warm colours and the scale of the people as they are so small and insignificant to the giant wall which tells its own story.
Life in Guilin
I am really happy with this one because I have often found it difficult to reproduce the opera masks as they are so perfectly symmetrical. This is definitely not perfect but I think still communicates the message. Again I have worked from one of my own photos taken in Guilin. It was an amazing scene with the shoe seller sitting in front of two giant opera masks painted on the wall. I chose one because I wanted it to create asymmetrical balance with the old lady selling the shoes- that is also why I added the red fan. I am happy with the toned down earthy colours and splash of red. Very Chinese!