Sunday, 3 July 2016

Watercolour Painting of La Trappiste from Chocolate Café in Canterbury, an encounter with a stag beetle.

Here is the painting of La Trappiste from Chocolate Café in Canterbury, I know it’s a bit strange, one of my attempts at a distinctive painting style, perhaps. But very much a case of looking at the reference photo and trying to work out what I should have done differently. Looking down on people at an angle is a bit of a tricky one, so any suggestions gratefully appreciated, don’t be shy on the criticism front.

I should point out that I don’t paint from photos, so only really look at any reference photos after I get home from where I have been paining, so the criticism is mostly a task for me now. I wonder if I should have put in more detail around the edges of the paining outside of the focal area and stuff like that.

On to the stag beetle, this is the male, pincers purely decorative, he is totally harmless, I had never seen one before hence the photo, the penny is for scale as he is the biggest beetle in the uk.  

A very pleasant day all round, buying books for my bookshop and for me, including a visit to the marvellous Chaucer Bookshop, one of Kent’s finest.

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