It’s unfinished, but with friends about to arrive for the weekend and my computer, which is constantly giving me problems getting collected today for repair, I thought I would put this out, whilst I had the chance.
When the dust settles, I’ll work on it a bit more, still it looks like it’s going to be a good weekend – hope you have the same.
I was walking down by the Alt Estuary where it empties out into the Mersey Estuary. The vast expanses of sand at low tide with the Wirral in the background and the Welsh hills behind that make a subject, but it is finding an angle. Off to the right of this painting are the tide marooned boats which I have done before. I decided to get low and include the flora – dog roses and dandelions and the like. These plants cover the piles of brick and debris from the war ravaged Liverpool that was dumped around here creating a bit of a coastal defence, though coastal preservation wasn’t top of their priorities at the time.
A second Liverpool scene. I love the varied architecture as you look up from the dinginess of Hanover Street. Pity about all the student accommodation that now dwarfs the old buildings, but that seems to be the main source of income for the city – well that and the consumption of alcohol. They have knocked a lot of the old buildings down to build a big shopping precinct so scenes like this are becoming scarcer.
After the last beach painting I realise I may have run out of steam on the subject, so I decided to take a break and have a go at a couple of Liverpool paintings which I wanted to do after a recent visit.
Coming out of John Lewis’ in Liverpool I spotted the light coming up the pavement, mingling with the forms of the figures and so I took a few photos. I ran a lot of burnt sienna over this one and was a bit unsure about it, but on completion my satisfaction rose. We’ll see how the next one goes.
Some may recognise this as part of an earlier Liverpool painting (Feb 5th). I liked the four figures backlit from the shop and their shadows cast along the wet pavement. On completion I don’t think I got what I was after. Perhaps I should have pared it down even more and lost some of the top, which I put in for context.
Well it kept me off the streets, hanging around newsagents, I suppose.
Another from my Liverpool night rambles. The misery of the evening commute – best viewed from the warmth of the sitting room. I might tackle this again with more ambiguity where objects and people get lost in the glare of lights and as I write I realise that a bit of reflection from the bus shelter might be useful. Must be all the pressure I’m under – I think I need a holiday.
The other Saturday evening I walked up to the top of Mount Pleasant in Liverpool which is just by the Catholic Cathedral and the Everyman Theatre. Standing, looking up to the University and its buildings on the left I was struck by the complementary colours in bands even down to the blue door of the Liverpool Medical Institute on the right. The deep blue of the early evening sky also added to this. I thought it was worth painting, even though I couldn’t really make out the forms in the university buildings. Still, it was the colour shifts I was after, not the architecture.