Ben’s place at Nellies

Ben’s place at Nellies

Lovely understated colours and love the light and shade.

A very evocative image.

Diana, this has wonderful atmosphere and great subtle tones. I see why you loved it.

Love it Diana. So atmospheric in its desolation. Reeks of memories...

WOW.Just speechless, Diana. What a beautiful painting and memory.

Thank you Argatet. I fell in love with Ben’s image for those very reasons Hello Tony and thank you. It’s all the more so now he is no longer around to sit there. Thank you Tessa and Jim. The pub is quite unique is quirky character. The worn wood and tiled floors are beautiful Thank you Thalia. He certainly gave me the opportunity for a beautiful painting with that image.

Such a subtle palette which enhances the subject Diana.

Was Ben and Irishman Diana? There's something awfully Irish village pub about this painting. I can almost smell the Guinness and peat aromas..

Thank you Sarah I was attracted to the image because it’s a combination of my favourite colours. Indigo, burnt sienna, and greys from burnt umber and French ultramarine He was from Hull Jim. The pub is in a small monster town called Beverley near Hull. The pub has been run as a living museum for many years. When I first went as a student., women weren’t allowed in the bar and the toilet was a wall outside!! Two ancient and terrifying women ran it . One called Nelly I believe

That is a lovely thing to do Diana, remember someone with that connection between the two of you. It's also the kind of painting I love, the "ordinary" made special- it's a table and stools, yet it's so much more.

Super... you have really captured the patina on the wood.

Lovely soft washes, great textures.

Beautifully Painted Diana classy work

What a clever and skillful painting this is Diana. It's a triumph!

This is wonderful Diane. The atmosphere and use of chiaroscuro is spectacular.

Thank you Marjorie. If the colours , light and composition are alright, any subject can be beautiful. Thank you Rebekah. I’m pleased that you think so. Thank you Matthew. I think that a passion for the subject really helps and I loved this one. Hello Dennis. Thank you for your kind words Thank you Margaret. I struggled a bit at times and have decided to leave it alone now. Maybe a bit unfinished but better than overworked I think Thank you Carole. I am drawn to strong contrasts.

Unusual and interesting subject with great atmosphere, Diana. Great tribute to your friend.

I am sure he would have loved this painting and been very proud that you had made such a lovely painting of his photo beautifully done as usual Diana

Beautifully painted Diana, really well done.

Cesare,thank you for the kind comments. It’s not obvious that it’s a pub but I loved the worn wood and floor tiles. Thank you Tao. I’d love to have been able to give him the painting but I think one of his friends may have it as a reminder. I miss Bens wonderful sense of humour as well as artistic connections. Thank you Suzanne. I’m happy with the outcome.

Beautifully rendered light and shade, very moving.

So many stories could be woven around this image Diana, a wonderful painting.

Stunning artwork Diana, those darks are something else!

Brill, Can almost smell the gas lights....

Thank you Alita and Val. The sc3ne is all the move powerful now knowing that Ben is no longer with us. Thank you Carole . I do love my darks. Hello Peter. Now you mention it, I remember that smell from my student days.

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Half imperial watercolour on Saunders Waterford rough A lovely art friend of mine died recently. Not long before he died , he sent me this image thinking that I’d like it. I loved it and have enjoyed every brushstroke of these amazing colours. Thank you Ben Matthews.

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Diana Boanas

Jut before retiring from teaching , I returned to painting after a 40 year gap. I did O level then half an A level in art ,followed by a bit of oil painting ,printing and ceramics as part of a primary teaching course but haven't touched it since. I was bought a sketch book and pencils while on…

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