I think on an earlier post with a painting of Bold Street, Liverpool, I said that it wasn’t my first and probably wouldn’t my last. Well I wouldn’t want to disappoint and it follows on with another night scene. I have done a few of night-time in Liverpool, but wasn’t overly satisfied. I am more satisfied with this, focussing in on a subject and aided by the reflections of the wet pavements it has got a bit more energy than the others, maybe enough energy for me to try another. We shall see.
I’ve done it before, and with my compulsive streak, will probably do it again. I came out of Central Station the other Saturday morning on my way to life drawing and looked up the street into the light and took a couple of photos of a fairly empty Bold Street. This time I think I got the greyness and feel with some loose washes of blues purples and greys.
There is a sense of tired resignation at this hour with the inhabitants dragging their reluctant shadow along towards a shot of caffeine.
Well you sometimes think you have some good ideas. I was pondering over what I could do as I stayed with the family over Christmas and thought that another night scene might be good. The ferry was well lit with the lights on the banks on the Wirral giving further interest behind and the boat’s light on the water in the foreground.
But when I finished the I wondered if there is still too much dark.Was the image arresting enough?Perhaps it wasn’t the good idea I thought it was. Maybe it will grow on me in time. In the meantime I’ll get on with another one.
Bold Street in Liverpool is quite a vibrant area despite the opening of the new shopping precinct in Liverpool One, just a few streets away. The iconic bombed out church stands at the top of the street where exhibitions and small concerts are held. The remains of the church are dark and imposing and I started the painting making this too dark. I had to wash off a bit of pigment to ensure that there was a sense of recession. In the end I think I made it.