I've been working on a painting titled Windows on a Time and some of you have been following along with its birth.
But here is a special update for my subscribers. The painting evolved from a photo I took in Broken Hill (NSW) some years back. I have in my mind to do a series of paintings looking through windows back in time. I love old buildings and the stories they tell of past days.
The first stage of my painting looked like this.
I added some buildings through the windows of the old building. I was somewhat disturbed that the old village looked like the Wild West but I let the painting do the talking.
Then I added some people. Not to dominate just to add interest and to help tell the story. Plus I love adding characters in my paintings- it's lots of fun.
I played around a bit with the wall, bricks and sand trying to get them right.
And now its almost to my satisfaction which translates as I can't do any better than this. Time to move on.
One of my main problems concerned whether to add any vegetation as I'm aware how barren the ground is. I've decided to leave it like this even though a friend said It's the saddest painting I have ever seen. I don't think a bit of salt bush would make it any happier and the painting is saying don't add any more detail.
Windows on a Time is destined to be submitted for possible selection at the exhibition run by St Kevin’s Toorak. Hope they like it.
Where to next?
I have to finish this little painting titled Not Portugal. The buildings evolved from my visit to Portugal a couple of years ago but the colours are more Italian - hence the title. It’s got a Lowry feel to it so I’m happy.
And then its on to my next Windows painting. Here is the photo I'm using. I found the old building behind the Bendigo Art Gallery. I imagine it has now been demolished as part of the latest extensions to our fabulous gallery. Don’t forget to visit next time you’re in Central Victoria. And what will I put beyond the window, back in time? An artist at work of course!