|MV Bolgen & other boats at Cadogan Pier, Chelsea Embankment, 18" x 10", Oil on Canvas Board, 2012-picture taken with my I-Phone-sorry about the quality.|
This morning I embarked on painting one of my beloved scenes around the Chelsea Embankment. A walk along the Chelsea Embankment is one of my best walks in London and it's always great to paint a place one loves.
|Adebanji painting the MV Bolgen and other boats along Cadogan Pier, Chelsea Embankment|
Here in this post I have decided to share some "stage shots" of the painting in progress. It's not a step by step procedure but just a good way of seeing how I go about these pieces using the "inside-out" technique of painting shape by shape, from the inside of the painting till it spreads all over to fill up the surface.
|1. Ready to go, The Canvas board is given a warm wash of Burnt Sienna, this was already done in the studio with acrylic.|
|2. The very important grid lines and diagonals-this helps me position the main features exactly where I want them|
|3. With some careful strokes laid with some precision but with the mind of an impressionist, I sketch and paint at the same time, working on the boring buildings in the background first, and then coming closer to the boats.|
|4. I think here-I had finally got the hang of the buildings and then I began to gradually come lower into the middle area, where most of the action takes place.|
|5. At this stage I got the first few strokes of the water in, and a few reflections, the water keeps changing, it's always better when it is still.|
|6. I am really deep into it now, working on the reflections and trying my best to nail the right colour of the murky River Thames on a grey day.|
|7. And finally- it's details and pulling the whole piece together, I hadn't made up my mind on whether to stop-then the rain came to my rescue and that was it for the day!|
"The tide was in and the creek glassy, so I met the Mayor of Kingsbridge, who was off to paint his boat and a man who quizzed me- not the first time- on the build quality of my box easel! He was a joiner and was redesigning one-god, did I get excited! We exchanged emails and I never heard from him again!-(Peter Brown on one of his experiences while painting "Salcombe down from Southpool Creek")