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A green & orange makeover for 'Porthleven 40'... Clarity, mmmm, ZING!


'Diamond' and 'Zigzag' were painted during the recent Porthleven courses in Cornwall, both working from a drawing of the back of The Old Lifeboat House studio looking out to sea.

Responding to the course theme of 'window', 'Diamond' started with a new yellow made from Primrose and Burnt Sienna. The process below shows how the scale and positioning of the building was established in the composition and how the diamond-roof came to dominate the piece. 

In the final version (above), all fripperies from (4) were removed and the diamond was painted in a lighter, stronger yellow. Now the building sprawls in a deliberate diagonal corner to corner dynamic, its' weight dissolved by colour. The simplicity and geometry of this piece appeals, and the intensity of the yellow is startling. My strongest critic Denise likes this one!




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 'Porthleven 40 - (Zig-Zag)'  

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Looking back at the development of this painting, I am drawn to the rawness and daring of stage (2)? That blue 'roof' - wow!  I might need to take this back into the studio...


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