Ah, la nostalgie… This was the view a few minutes from our Paris flat on Rue Rodier:
My aim here was to be quite precise with the outline shapes – but totally out of control with everything else. (Well, I managed the second bit.) I like the balance between formality/looseness and want to develop this further in some larger paintings.
Phase 1: Far buildings
After the light sky wash (forgetting as normal to retain enough highlights) the buildings went on. A few different colour mixes went into this – but it needs to be WET, so mix enough paint before you start. Thicker (but not too much darker) paint was used at the base. Look how much lighter it has dried by stage 2.
Stage 2: Near buildings
Not really a separate stage at all, just rolling on a big wash and splashing on new colours with the board tilted steeply to creat flow effects. (See I failed to follow my own advice and let the paint dry too much on the far right side, leading to a slight bloom.)
Stage 3: Road
Not much going on here: but it was quite difficult to keep this wash light enough in the distance, and strong enough in the foreground. I scraped some lines in the drying paint with a clean, dry brush.
Stage 4: Finish
I took a deep breath, and brushed on soppingly wet colour for the hotel on the left, running it straight down into the shadow. Some even darker paint was then dropped into the middle of the wash to flow down into the shadow wash (and, yeah, all over the table) A few last details were then painted in – the sign, the balcony – being careful to join into the main wsah while still wet.
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