Here is some more from the Open Studio door. Well, from a few steps away.

This painting was actually started on Weekend 3 I think, but it is all a bit fuzzy. I had a short holiday somewhere between weekend 3 and 4 so that’s my excuse.

Anyway, here is the second driveway work, in first draft.

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Beach blues – draft

This painting is a lot busier than the first driveway painting which was “controlled” in a way by the gate’s structure.

Once again I have only just put the brush down, so it is too early to say it is finished. Perhaps even more so with this painting because there are so many competing elements.

Here is the most recent version. I have signed it for my own reasons, rather than the sense that it is complete.

Beach blues – latest draft

I am not sure whether the second draft is actually an improvement in some ways. The sandhill shadows are softer in an effort to push them back in space. I have also cooled down the large bush to add weight to the cool side of the palette.

Still wondering about this one. I think the second version has less dynamism, but is more cohesive. And dynamism matters to me, so more viewing time is in order. Perhaps a little time on the shelf is in order.

What do you think?


5 thoughts on “More from the Open Studio door

  1. P. Sullivan says:

    This is the honest truth, Philippa – I compared the two paintings myself before even scrolling down to read your own assessment of them both. I agree exactly w/ you! I really love how you created more subtlety by adding some whiter tones to the second version. It popped the blue of the vertical shaft/pole on right to an even greater brilliancy of color. This is a really lovely piece.

  2. Philippa Robert says:

    Thanks for your comments Patricia. It is good to have your feedback I like the blue shower pole and the dog bowl too. They add a note of surprise to the seaside colour palette. Great to hear from you!

  3. Judith Bruton says:

    An impressive catalogue of works. Love your sense of experimentation with paintings, exhibitions and venues. All the best for continuing success. The world needs artists like you to help us appreciate our environment, and the beauty of life. Judy xx

  4. SPQ887 says:

    Thank you Dr Bruton! How lovely is is to read your comments. I like your reflection on art as offering another way to appreciate the gifts we have around us. I do feel a strong connection with the natural world when I am painting. Generations of my family have done the same and are somehow with me too. So glad you navigated and enjoyed the website too. Best wishes, Philippa

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