Friday, August 05, 2011
The Royal Crescent Bathed in the Spring Sun, 48" x 20", Oil on canvas, 2011
The Royal Crescent bathed in the spring sun, 48" x 20", Oil on canvas, 2011 SOLD
This painting of the Royal Crescent in Bath was done for my Bath Group show in May at The Bath Gallery. I went to Bath to do a study in graphite and then I took loads of pictures too. I came back to London with all the reference material and embarked on this piece, which is my largest painting of a place in Bath.
It is such an incredible structure and I love it, ever since I did two (here and here) plein air shots of it during my Bath Marathon. I have always longed to do a bigger piece and this was my chance, although painting the details was a nightmare!
It was this painting that fetched me the commission I did of St Paul's in my post before this one. The couple came to the exhibition and really loved the way I painted The Royal Crescent. That's when they decided to have me take on St Paul's.
Adebanji with the painting at the Octagon
Adebanji sketching the Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent Sketch
"Somewhere within all of us there is a wordless centre, a part of us that hopes to be immortal in some way, a part that has remained unchanged since we were children, the source of our strength and compassion. This faint confluence of the tangible and the spiritual is where Art comes from. It has no limits, and once you tap into it you will realize what truly rich choices you have. May each painting you do from that sacred place include an expression of gratitude for the extraordinary privilege of being an artist."-Richard Schmid from his book ALLA PRIMA, Everything I Know About Painting