|Break-time, The Chelsea Brasserie (11) Chelsea Marathon, 8" x 10", Oil on board|
I call it the Chelsea Marathon, as it ongoing and really an endurance race of producing 60 drawings and paintings in a short space of time.
I have chosen The Chelsea Brasserie along Kings Road, Sloane Square because of the beauty of the shadows! I really love to discover and unravel the mystery of what happens in shadow areas of urban scenes and this was a great opportunity to do just that.
I was really out to capture the abstract pattern of this scene, as I always believe once the abstract pattern works the whole painting works well as great design.
I tried to be a lot looser in my approach here as I didn't start with any initial drawing, I just went straight into painting very bold and loose abstract shapes. So I used the technique called, "outside-in"-(where I start with bold strokes from the main outside shapes and end up details on the inside) instead of my normal "inside-out" where I work on the shapes from the inside, finishing up on the outside.
I hope you are enjoying this marathon, this is the way I see Chelsea, the place where I went to art school and have had my studio for about 10 years. I'll be taking on drawings, watercolours and sketches too.....stay tuned.
"The first impression you get when you encounter a scene is what really matters! Are you able to capture that?! At the end of the painting, that should be the main thing you ask yourself as a painter. If you are able to answer in the affirmative, the battle has been won!"-Adebanji Alade
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