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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Painting trip to Majorca - Day 2

I drove to Maryborough this morning.
Definitely the most graceful railway station I've ever seen. Built in 1890, it has such a charm and details that one can't help but deplore so-called 'modern' architectures we're forced to put up with these days. 


It was a bright sunny day initially and suddenly it got darker and started to rain. Then the sky was clear again towards the end. Very tricky, indeed. 
I had a fantastic chat with locals and also visitors. They're all very friendly. Some of them are artists from the Grampians. I've booked next painting trip to Dunkeld in October. They kindly invited me to come around, so, I'm looking forward to seeing them again. 

Now, the painting.  It's always a big challenge to paint buildings. This one particularly is very complicated and it challenges my ability to get linear perspective right. Not so much arial perspective on this one due to its close distance. 
Because the weather was changing all the time, it was very difficult to get the shadows right. Greg had told me that I should fix big shadows first and stick to the original plan, and that was what I did. 
I tried very hard to capture the effect of light on the building. There're many obvious errors in the painting, but, I learned a lot.  It was a great day. 
I spent 3.5 hours. 

Oil on canvas. 14x18 in. 

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