Portmeirion Town Hall plein air

Portmeirion Town Hall plein air

Another cracker, Mark. Love your style.

Super work Mark, love the shadows.

Fab place to paint. Like this .

Wonderful place, excellent painting.

Love the whole composition, great ligt.

Super composition again, Mark, love it

I like this a lot Mark, and can see that you have appeared to have taken some useful decisions in order to get the composition to work as a whole. For example, in achieving the sense of recession with the trees you appear to have created less tonal variation than appears evident in the photographed subject beyond your painting. I wonder whether this was intuitive or a defining decision you took. Elsewhere the painting appears slightly different in places to the 'real life' beyond, but this may be a camera angle thing. (The end othe house on the right appears more prominent in the photograph but this has been skilfully vignetted out in your excellent rendition). Good stuff. Inspirational.

Thanks for the lovely comments. Phillip, in answer to your questions: at 9.30am when I started the light was from the left with long shadows. The town hall was lit with a shaft of light shining through a gap in the buildings, the trees were in full sun but it was very hazy. The shadows were blue. I took this photo 3 hours later only to show I was actually there and not using a photo reference. So I did paint what I saw at 9.30 but exaggerated the haze. I sold this later to the people walking up the road in the painting.

Not surprised you sold it - lovely painting.!

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Another day in Portmeirion, the sun is still shining. This was such a lot of fun to paint.

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Mark Buck

Mark Buck, studied for a degree in illustration at Bower Ashton Art College in Bristol. He has illustrated for magazines, newspapers, books, advertising hoardings and played guitar at the Jazz Cafe in London, on occasion with Bo Diddley. Mark paints watercolour in an energetic and loose style,…

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