Friday, June 13, 2014

Two Paintings of Kings Road (21, 22) Chelsea Marathon

21. Summer Light, Chelsea World's End, 10" x 8", Oil on Board

Summer Light, Chelsea World's End, 10" x 8", Oil on Board
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 One of the great places in Chelsea, The Chelsea World's End. I love Chelsea, I love painting these scenes that I see commuting everyday on the way to my studio. 

I just hope I can continue painting these scenes, I see so many different scenes that interest me everyday and I don't think I'll ever run out for scenes to paint in this Chelsea area.

Adebanji painting the Chelsea World's End
In this plein air piece I have used my 6" x 8" guerrilla Thumbbox.

My tripod that I use to prop it up is the MTL9351B Tripod 

My Tripod Head is MH5011

I use brushes from Rosemary Brushes

22. The Flower Shop on Kings Rd (22) Chelsea Marathon

The Flower Shop on Kings Rd (22) Chelsea Marathon, 10" x 8", Oil on Board

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This was painted on a grey day.

The drawing of the scene before the painting commences.

It was one of those paintings that I made sure I nailed the drawing properly and firmly before taking off.

Adebanji's Set up with the completed painting and the scene on Kings Road.
"Plein Air or Outdoor painting, the best way to learn how to see!"- Adebanji Alade

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

The First 20 Paintings and Drawings of Chelsea (My Chelsea Marathon)

This has been a great discovery!

The journey of painting and drawing scenes around  the Chelsea area.

I thought I would have finished these quite earlier than this but I learned along the way that I am better with a slower pace and more quality work. I keep striving to improve and making sure that I get the spirit and the feel of atmosphere or light in any particular scene I approach.

Adebanji Alade's Chelsea Marathon- The First 20 paintings and drawings

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Adebanji painting number 7

Sometimes I just paint a place because I love it, no more, no less. I have painted or drawn places that bring sweet memories. Or places I have passed through that resonate with my spirit.

Adebanji painting number 12

I love Chelsea, the people, the places, the scenes. And hopefully in the next few pieces, I might decide to include people.

Adebanji painting number 3

"Most people think I paint fast. I paint very slowly."-Claude Monet

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Foggy Morning, Chelsea Moorings (20) Chelsea Marathon

This makes number 20!

A sketch of a foggy morning around the Chelsea Moorings.

Foggy Morning, Chelsea Moorings (20) Chelsea Marathon, 10" x 8", Oil on Canvas
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I am a third way through on the marathon!!!

Two-Thirds to go!!!

I have really enjoyed every bit of this marathon, even though it's taken longer than I expected I am really happy with the scenes I have chosen and the way I have started to understand more about how I perceive complicated scenes and the manner in which I have resolved them.

I am ready to keep this going!

There's nothing more fun than getting out there and just enjoying the pleasure of painting outdoors!

Not all the works in this marathon are outdoor paintings but then one thing I have learnt is to keep on giving both the indoor and outdoor pieces the same spirit of the SKETCH! Which is always my goal.

I am also working on improving the Broad Pencil Technique which I have used for this scene.

The initial sketch, Foggy Morning- you see how rapid the lines flow. It's what I love about sketching.

There's always lots and loads to learn, discover and experiment!

Painting is pure addiction and sketching is the mother of all pure addictions!!

Lets get out there and paint Chelsea!!!!

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Evening Light, Chelsea Riverside (19) Chelsea Marathon, 10" x 8", Oil on Board

This particular one is number 19 of my series of paintings and drawings of the Chelsea Riverside.

This is a view I really love and I like the way the colours explode when the sun goes down around the Chelsea Moorings.

Evening Light, Chelsea Riverside (19) Chelsea Marathon, 10" x 8", Oil on Board

The reflections are another great feature of this area when the sun is either going up or coming down.

The Initial Sketch- I have made sure that I get the drawing right, I always feel the painting has more hope to succeed when the drawing is right. This is vital!

To capture the light is always the goal and keeping the painting fresh and simplified!

Mid-Way through- I have worked with the "outside-in" technique here blocking in everything from the outside, all the broad shapes and then finishing inside with the details

"More important than talent is desire-The willingness to take the time and make the effort to paint and paint and paint until painting becomes almost second nature."- Harley Brown

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Monday, June 02, 2014

Ashburnham Road, Off Lots Road (18) Chelsea Marathon

This is number 18 of my current series of paintings and drawings of Chelsea.

This street is near to my studio. I have been longing to painting this shop for years and I'm so happy that I have finally done it. It's a shop called FENS. They sell some really trendy antique stuff.

Ashburnham Road, Off Lots Road (18) Chelsea Marathon, 10" x 8", oil on board
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I didn't want the painting to be about only the shop, so when painting it I planned to have a backdrop of the building in it, to create some depth and perspective.

Stage 1- All set to fly! Organization is important, if you notice, all the colours are laid out in a specific order of light to dark and there's enough space to mix clean colours. There's also a nice area for my mediums- LIQUIN, IMPASTO GEL AND MAROGER.

Stage 2- This is where the painting is born, the sketch stage, everything can fall apart here, but once you get the drawing or the sketch right. There's less fuss to worry about. It's then all about painting the shapes. Here, I am working from Inside-Out. which means I finish each area from the inside and move outwards. This is quite different from the outside-in technique of starting with broad shapes and finishing with details. With this style every part gets finished from the word GO!

I think I painted this for exactly 3 hours and I sat to paint with my "Pleinaircycle" parked just opposite the shop on the other side of the road.

Stage 3- It's always good to deal with the background first and slowly whisper your way forward. That is why I have gone for the sky and trees first, then I moved to the White building, the road,  just as if I was traveling from the background to the foreground.

Adebanji painting the piece.

Stage 4- The shop then is the final phase, I took my time to make an impression of it. In Plein-air painting, it is always good to keep asking yourself-HOW CAN I SIMPLIFY what I am seeing? How can I make an IMPRESSION of the REALITY I see. How can I make that impression IN MY OWN LANGUAGE in the simplest manner with the fewest amount of brushstrokes

"Never be in a hurry to finish a painting.....HASTE IS THE ARTIST'S WORST ENEMY"- Adebanji Alade

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