Recently, I realised that St Ives is not just a brand of face wash and shampoo. It is an idyllic seaside town 5 hours’ drive south of London.
There is something Van Goth-like about the colours of St Ives, don’t you think?
Newspaper clipping of St Ives with its blue seas and yellow mossy roofs trimmed with red tiles.
I brought the picture to class the following week, but I soon regretted my choice. I realised that it is a rather complicating picture. I felt overwhelmed with the details and felt anxious that I could not complete the painting in one evening.
I also regretted that I forgot to apply what I had learned earlier from Drawing From The Right Side Of The Brain. I should have applied grid lines on the picture and on my sketching paper to break down the drawing into smaller portions.
Teacher helped me re-sketch much of this drawing. He also advised me to use steady long strokes rather than short feathery ones for buildings as this would help keep the lines straight.
I applied a very light wash using Gamboge yellow over the entire paper. When it dried I added in the Phytho blue for the sky and the sea, as well as parts of buildings that were blue. I mixed Payne’s grey with the blue for some areas to quieten the blue, especially for shadow areas. Then came the yellow for the roofs.
I admit it. I messed up the town of St Ives. It is now a flat 2-D town in cartoon land that has been abused by some mad Van-Gothic obsessed character intent on vandalising its walls and roofs with yellow and blue paint.
My beloved did a much better job with pastels. He painted a lovely piece of this bay area at St Ives. I think he did a fine job for a beginner. I love the vibrance of his St Ivian sky and the translucence of his sparking sea.
Isn’t this a heavenly place to retire in?
St Ives in pastels, done by my beloved (with a little help from Teacher, of course).