During my last 3 months in London I have gathered quite a lot of reference material. I have been making sketches, taking photos and visited many places that I find absolutely unique. My intention now is to paint a new series of oil paintings using my sketches, photos, memory and imagination. Below you can see how I used my artist “licence” to transform reality into art.
I chose my favourite although a very busy place – Picadilly Circus.
I used a sketch which I made from life at the Picadilly. I experimented with composition to find the version that would be the most interesting. I decided to make the building on the right higher than it actually is, I included a bigger part of the building on the left and I also exaggerated the curve created by the distant buildings.
To help myself remember “what´s there” I took several photos (although my final painting is far from copying them). A grey and rather cold day didn´t affect my feeling that the place is very exciting and beautiful.
The next step is a value sketch on a canvas to describe where the darkest darks and lightest lights are. I use thin layers of paint at this stage.
The most enjoyable part of painting begins – adding colour and playing around with thicker layers of paint. At this stage I use a lot of my memory and imagination. I only remembered crowds of people everywhere, noise of traffic and bright colours of the illuminated advertising screens. I needed to put all of this into the painting without constant looking at the photo because I didn´t want to fall for details and make a mere copy. I suggested crowds of people by expressive, energetic strokes and I invented the two red busses as well as the taxi cab.