I mentioned in my last post about the photography course that S has booked us both on. One of the things I really want to learn is how to take good photos through rain streaked windows. I am always bewitched by photos that manage to make lights go all blurry, sparkly and twinkly (Google image 'rainy windows' and you'll see what I mean) Either by focussing on the foreground and making the background go blurry or by capturing light through a rainy windscreen or window – they just seems to make an otherwise ordinary scene look a little big magical.
I found a gorgeous photo depicting this very thing online a while ago on a desktop wallpaper website but I've since learned that apparently these sites just grab photos from other websites and use them willy nilly with no regard for copyright issues. It’s something I’m always very paranoid about especially if I hope to sell the derivative artwork so I’ve tried to find out who actually took the photo but haven't been able to. Every time I Google it, it brings me to wallpaper sites. So unfortunately, I can't give credit where it's due for the inspiration for this particular painting.
Anyway, S saw these teeny tiny wee canvasses (9cm x 7cm) on equally teeny tiny easels for an absolute steal in a bookshop recently and got me 10 of them! I spent ages trying to decide what to paint on them – I dismissed doing more Twisty Towns as the larger (but still mini) canvasses I did for the craft fair haven’t all sold yet so I wasn't inspired to do more. Then I started out attempting a whimsical girl’s head which then morphed into a cat sitting on a fence with a twisty house in the background before deciding it was rubbish and painting over it all in black. I then, quite by chance came across the aforementioned photo of the rainy reflections and decided to give it a go in acrylics painting over the now black canvass.
This is the result and I’m really quite pleased with how it turned out. It’s a little bit pointy, a little bit abstract and a little bit impressionist all rolled into one, I think (or it’s just a mass of coloured blobs but either way I like it!) I think it helps to squint a little when looking at it!
|Rush Hour Rain - mini-canvas|
|And to put the size into perspective!|
So, now I want to do a series of rainy reflections (working title – Nature’s Magic because nature can make functional manmade objects look pretty and magical) but I need to find photos that I can use for inspiration until I can learn to take them myself. With that in mind, if anyone reading this has any photos for which they have copyright and that they wouldn’t mind emailing to a fellow artist to use as inspiration (with a view to creating a mini-exhibition!), I’d be immensely grateful!
Anyway, this is my contribution to the first Paint Party Friday of 2012 (which in now in its 43rd week altogether!)