I've been so disappointed with my picture of the Nungate Bridge last week, that I came into the studio yesterday detemined to start afresh. I felt as if I got trapped by detail last week - clearly I got too focused on the stonework and ended up doing a very 'literal' picture. I cropped it but I think it still looks a bit restrained, even boring. So I'm adopting a slightly different approach this week.
I went back to some Applecross and Lochcarron images that I had decided to use as a basis for picture-making. I had previously made an attempt at this motif - the view from the sandy bay in Applecross. I started off in charcoal, then rubbed it out a bit.....
I drew into the paint and also added some more acrylic. I was trying to
use the paint quite thickly, more like oil paint, and I kept to a
Maybe that blue in the foreground is the wrong colour - it should possibly be toned down, and the sky needs some careful work.
I set this aside and made a start to another picture, again in charcoal, rubbed out a little. This picture was based on a sketch I did of Beinn Alligin from the south across Loch Torridon (with some birches in the foreground). I really like the composition.
I thought I'd add some magenta and burnt orange - the colours of the hills - in gouache at this stage.
My next effort was based on a sketch I did of Shieldaig Island from the new pontoon pier. I had already done a fresh drawing of this in the studio which I pinned to the top of my board, and I started again with a stylised charcoal sketch.
This time I added red, green and magenta gouache. By this time I had thinned down the acrylic paint and so it was much more watery than earlier in the day.
Anyway, I felt much happier about the way my painting went yesterday. The work felt like less of a chore and I feel the results are looser, freer - closer to what is in my head....I think....