For some time I had wanted to paint a series entitled “The View From My Window” – with views from my various travels – but I always found something else to do. Tara’s challenge seemed the perfect opportunity to start, even if I were not able to complete more than one painting. Sometimes it’s more important to get started and not worry about the outcome. In fact, it’s nearly always more important!
During the seven days of the challenge, I did only complete one painting – seen above – a view of Amalfi, in Italy, where Paul and I had a wonderful holiday many years ago, when I first started learning Italian. I chose to paint it in a semi-realistic / semi-impressionist style, similar to the view I painted on the wardrobe doors many years ago!
My inspiration for the painting was a photograph which I took during one of our walks in the hills surrounding the town of Amalfi. Having sketched the outline on the back of an envelope(!) and transferred it to a sheet of watercolour paper, I used acrylic inks to block out the shapes of the mountains, sea, sky and the town. I quite liked the simplicity, and I felt rather sad as I painted over it with acrylics – but it did give me an idea for another version of the painting (see below).
For the second version, which I completed yesterday, once again I started out with acrylic inks – having traced the outline from the first painting. My inspiration, style-wise, was the painting “Open Window at Saint-Jeannet” by Raoul Dufy and a poster of “Auckland – City of Sails” by Rowan Forbes – not that my painting looks anything like either of them!
The detailed work was done with Posca paint pens, and for the tree and window I used acrylic paints.
When I signed up for this challenge, I had no idea that I would end up painting two versions of the same view – I thought I would paint different views. But it took longer than I had anticipated to finish the first painting, and I also wasn’t sure whether I wanted to continue the series in that style – hence the experiment with the second painting.
I’m still undecided about which style to adopt for the series and am thinking of doing a third version in the coming weeks, in a more abstract style…