Green Way – Progression

 

I finished this painting of the ‘Green Way’ ( Inishbofin ) recently. This was a commission and I was given a photograph (below) on which to base the painting.

 

Photo of the Greenway, Inishbofin

 

 

 

 

I chose to adhere to the photo quite closely for the composition as this is a well known spot and the clients know the area. This is how it began below.

 

First stage of Green way painting

 

 

 

I filled in more colour next. Yes lot’s of green in this one.

 

GW 2

 

 

 

Next I added some textured paste.

 

Next stage of Green way painting

 

 

 

Now more colour. This time I’m using paint and ink together to get the effects I want.

 

More colour added - Greenway painting

 

 

 

Just a bit more colour and I’m almost happy with it. Time to send an image to the client. This can be tricky as each photo is slightly different – some images have a blueish tinge while others are more yellow – depending on the time of day and the lighting conditions ( and taking my limited photography skills into account ). Also, viewing a painting on a computer screen is a completely different experience to viewing a painting in life.

 

Is this to be the final stage?

 

 

 

I send off a photo and some adjustments are requested. There’s a bit of to’ing and fro’ing and finally the painting arrives at this point below. It’s an interesting one – where does the control begin and end? I believe ultimately with the client when a painting has been commissioned but it is a fine line and one which must be travelled carefully in order to protect the integrity of the artist/painter. There is also the element of challenge for the painter – having certain restrictions focuses the mind and a deadline always helps produce results.

 

Green Way finished painting