Towns cities and villages provide architectural subjects for painters that offer variety and interest but it is often

This chapter brings together the buildings in towns and cities with what actually happens outside them, on the streets - the scenes of human activity that are played out every day on the sidewalks creating the excitement that exists in a built environment. I also consider some of the other evidence of human life around buildings - street signs, cafe signs, market stalls and barrows - all of the hits and pieces that are a vital part of the town or city scene. If we can see these objects when we...

Domestic Buildings

T T Then painting peoples' homes we are not only recording the V V architectural structure and details of the building, but also sketching an aspect of somebody's life, noticing the eccentricities and personalised features that make a house into someone's home. From the humblest hut to the most ornate of palaces, a home will reflect something about its owner. I have necessarily had to limit the subjects in this chapter, and so have chosen a range of buildings that I feel will be most useful to...

Sketchbook Studies

A SKETCHBOOK IS AN ARTIST'S MOST VALUABLE TOOL. TllEY COME IN MANY SIZES, CAN BE CARRIED EASILY, AND CAN BE USED TO MAKE VISUAL NOTES WHEN TIME, OR PERSONAL INCLINATION, DOES NOT ALLOW FOR ANY MORE PAINTING. The brickwork surrounding a window frame is worth I cannot overemphasize the value and importance of sketchbook studies. They allow you to make as many visual notes as you wish, to gain information about the nature of the building you are painting, to find out about the qualities of the...

The sun and rain within the peaceful atmosphere of secluded quadrangles and courtyards make a delightful setting for a

There is an appealing, harmonious balance between the order of the man-made geometry of the columns, arches and vaults of the stone arcade, and the natural decay caused by the effect of weather and ageing on the stone arches and pillars. Drawing arches when viewed front-on is relatively simple, as they are often a semicircle with a keystone at the top. which acts as a visual anchor. The same principle applies to arches viewed from an angle, but you will need to view the shape as an oval or...

Working Methods and Techniques

This demonstration, in step-by-step stages, shows how i developed the on-site sketch oe the old town house (on the previous pages) into a finished studio picture. tllls is typical of my working method, and covers most of the basic techniques that i used for the paintings in the book. The first statue is to transfer the on-site sketch to a more substantial sheet of paper in the more stable environment of the studio or on the kitchen table. i laving decided to use all of the information gathered...

He early spring light this quiet courtyard cafe scene held an air of anticipation

The sun was just rising above the skyline which dwarfed this hidden corner cafe, catching a few leaves and giving an indication of the growing mood of the day to come. While the w indows and doors were closed tight, the heady smells of coffee and warm bread rose on the sweet morning breeze - an indication that the preparations tor the new day were under way. To capture the atmosphere of the day required careful treatment. Sunlight shone in abundance, casting sharp shadows, but it was early in...

Arches

Pencil Bridge Painting

THE GRACEFU1 ELEGANCE OF THE GEOMETRICAI LY DESIGNED ARC H IS BOTH TECHNICALLY AND AESTHETICALLY REWARDING TO RECORD IN PENCIL AND WATERCOI.OUR, AND EXAMPLES ARE OFTEN TO BE FOUND IN THE MOS I PEACEFUL SETTINGS. The intricate tracery and carving found in churches, cathedrals, cloisters and colleges is highly demanding in terms of the level of observation required to get a row or series of them accurate - for this reason I always set about making relevant sketchbook studies before using them in...

Formal Buildings

The influence of the designers, builders and architects of the Italian Renaissance has left us a rich legacy in terms of the formal buildings that have been built on the streets of towns and cities in many parts of the world. This chapter looks at some of the most architecturally challenging types of building - imposing, prestigious formal buildings, built for posterity. It includes buildings designed in the classical tradition with features owing much to ancient Cireece and Rome, interpreted...

Wear and Tear

Ii is often only ak i isis who si i ini aim'eal ol oll , kamsi i ac l lt i i sich is such as i i iis, and it is his i io sketch til mm whmn you see them - tiiey may not i as i lok i onc Old and faded wood is best painted using a large proportion of blue often cobalt in the colour mix. Extremely old wood is best painted directly onto white paper without an underwash, which will enhance its faded appearance Brickwork showing through old or faded plaster is best painted by suggesting the shapes of...

Seaside Buildings

Since the days when men first went to sea in boats to fish, bui i dings have been constructed along the shoreline. buil'l originally to mouse boats and to protect mil fishermen's families from tl ie elements, they subsequently developed into full-scale communities. The visual clutter of colours and signs that frequently occurs on seafront buildings can be a delight for the artist to record in watercolour The combinations of faded and exposed wood, whitewashed weatherboarding and old brick are a...