Thursday, May 22, 2008

King Street Reflections

Must go back to these establishments and find out their actual names. Might be a reasonable way to name the painting as well as provide some incentive later on for marketing the work.
This one is a different palette to any of the others.
The gold and green notes harmonize really well with the red tonic.
This one led me to make a note to paint from dark to light, the opposite to standard watercolour practice. This will allow the dark pigments to gently bleed into the adjacent lights to create softer edges. It worked nicely in areas of this one.
76x56cm Arches 300med, W&N watercolour pigments.


Blogger Sandy said...

This one is magnificent David!
The balance of colour and shape in the overall design works so well.
The figure makes a perfect contrast with the basically rectangular shapes in thre background.
I wonder what you are working on now ...and when this series is complete what next will you choose as subject?

May 22, 2008 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Yes this one is superb, one of the best of the series...maybe the best? The orange and red are perfect, love the figure, the glasses are cool as hell, the reverse lettering catchy. There are enough in the series now to be able to call it such, and what a show it would be. Some Melbourne gallery out to be making plans around this, it would make you both a lot of scratch. What's next? Murray St. is my prime destination as soon as we touch down.

May 22, 2008 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger David Burge said...

Thanks Sandy, I still need to get these right. Also, I guess there's always going to be something interesting to paint in a window, I saw a bridal shop across the road from an adult shop in Barrack St the other day. The bridal shop had headless mannequins....there has to be a diptych in that, don't you think?
But if I ever do get sick of these
I think it'll be something related to what I can readily photograph in the hour or two I get for "lunch" on the days when I'm at work in the city. There are some interesting alleys with grafitti and odd structures. But i tend to like a figurative aspect in a comp.

Nick, thanks mate! I was talking to a much younger friend last evening and said I'm feeling that when one approaches 50 that one does whatever the hell one wants.
My aim is to get at least the best of this series into an up-town gallery here in Perth. But as you've heard Melbourne has a much more vibrant scene for watercolourists. There's one gallery that'll need to get a restraining order put on me to stop the wheel.

May 24, 2008 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger perugina said...

Hi David
I am very much liking your window series... like window shopping at all the fine boutiques without having to leave home!
This one in particular is so complex, paintstakingly drawing in all those shapes and painting in all colours... would drive me crazy!
You must be very patient!

All the very best and much success with this in Perth and or Melbourne.

June 11, 2008 at 5:21 AM  
Blogger David Burge said...

Hi Perugina, thanks for visiting.
I've found that I might as well spend the time painting one reasonable sized piece than try to paint with an a la prima mind-set and bugger 5 smaller painting up in the same space of time.
I do plenty of a la prima paintings, some are good, about a third I'm not satified with.
Most of the paintings on the rest of my website are whacked out in one sitting.
This may be just a phase I'm going through.

June 11, 2008 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger perugina said...

Hi David, can I ask...How long does it take you to get one of these finished?
I can see where you are coming from with doing one big painting instead of 5 smaller ones...I'm still working my way up to a full sheet of Arches... doubt that you 'bugger' any of them up...
Thanks for visiting my blog... hope you drop in often. Watercolour Ladies on cups... ? May be a guy thing...or perhaps I need to wait for the 50's thing... lol

June 11, 2008 at 10:55 PM  

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