Tuesday, 27 September 2016

London River Thames: Summer Cruise

Today I have adapted one of my photos of the Houses of Parliament to produce this painting

London River Thames: Summer Cruise


When I look at a photo, I try to see what can happily be left out and still have the painting work.
In this one, I left out the bridge that crosses the river, the buildings to the left and the actual sky and water reflections.

Every single photo I take can be adapted. Not all of them are, because sometimes I am fortunate enough to take just the photo I want to paint. I used to paint only what was in front of me, but now I tend to pick and choose. The result is a somewhat more creative painting.

I can't remember who said it, but someone did - and what they said was: What you leave out is as important as what you put in. Good advice!

If you'd like to own a print, sticker or totebag with this image on it, please check out my Redbubble page. Click on the word "HERE"

14 comments:

  1. Dear Pat this is very lovely. Just the perfect amount of detail. Wishing you much success with Redbubble. Hope you have a super week. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Deborah. I've recently sold a mug and a poster, so it all helps to buy new supplies!

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  2. There is so much detail in the Parliament building itself, it can be overwhelming. I think you've created a good balance. Lovely painting

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  3. Wonderful painting! Looks great as a phone cover. :D

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    1. Glad you like it. I love seeing it on different products - my fave is the tote bag!

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  4. Excellent work, Pat; really effective.

    I always say that with my Pen & Ink work, it's the white, untouched paper that makes the drawing!

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    1. Thanks, John. I agree, white does make a drawing!

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  5. I love the simplicity and the colourful background! Leaving out stuff is an art in itself!

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    1. Thanks Judy - and the leaving out takes an age to learn, but once you get it.. happy days!

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  6. It's beautiful. If only it was so easy to leave out what you don't want in a photo.

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    1. Ah, the advantage of drawing it yourself.. uncluttered :-)

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