Wonky Man and Tower, Torcello, Italy. Oil on canvas 20×24, September 2018.

At the stroke of midnight last night I added the final brush stroke to, what is my first ever landscape in oils. It has taken me almost a month to complete, although to be fair, half that time was spent waiting for layers of paint to dry. In between, me and Bill have repainted our bedroom after a minor flood – as we are going to have to replace the carpet anyway we decided to repaint the walls. No matter the kind of painting, it’s all practice.

Anyway, it’s done. This painting, as some of you will know from my previous posts on this project, was inspired by a photo of Bill’s taken on the island of Torcello in Venice, Italy back in the autumn of 2017. I love the photo, so it didn’t make any sense to make my rendition of it too impressionistic. I have instead created a new genre of painting that I call, photo-realistic impressionism (oxymoronic? Possibly…). In terms of structure it is almost exactly like the photo. The colour palette is as close to the photo as I could get it, with a few tweaks and enhancements. I got rid of the scaffolding on the side of the building, as can be seen in the photo. I decided it would create too much visual clutter in the painting, so I fixed their roof for them. You’re welcome, residents of Torcello. The photo was also cropped to match the format of the canvas to make it easier to refer to.

Take a look at the gallery below for a tour of the painting and a comparison with the original photo. What d’you think?

Creating this work of art has had its challenges, especially as I have been learning how to use this medium pretty much from scratch. I didn’t really start getting comfortable or confident until I was happy with the foliage and the grass. I’m still not happy with that church tower, but as an artist, I do realise it is quite normal to not being entirely happy with one’s work. There is always something about every piece of art that isn’t quite right. Although, unlike other artists, I’m not too inclined to keep reworking it until I’m happy. Sometimes, you just have to let things be and know when to stop. All I have left to do is to add my signature once it’s dry and then, decide where to hang it. 🙂

What next? Well…my daughter Grace suggested I paint a café scene. She was telling me how much she misses our chats over coffee and a pastry – I miss them too.

I like the idea, so I’ve been researching possible images for further inspiration with Bill’s help. Between us we must have a fair few photos of cafés and restaurants taken over the years. I shall certainly keep you all posted once I start. Now to clean my palette! :/



9 thoughts on “Wonky Man and Tower Landscape Painting

  1. I certainly think you’ve achieved your aim here. But you artists are always unhappy and wanting to tweak a finished work …

    … which reminds me of a tale I think I read in a Readers Digest a while ago, to the effect that a famous art gallery happened across an old man in one of their displays beavering away on a picture they’d hung.
    At first they thought ‘Vandal! Eeeek!’ but it turned out he was the actual artist, and like all such anywhere was unhappy and thought it needed a tweak …

    Famous guy, no apparent damage done—and it was still an original by him. Sort of …

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    1. Ha! I can see me doing that too, should I ever live to see my work in a gallery (possible fat chance there…).

      There is a Japanese artist who sort of does that – tweaks his work as he goes, except he uses fireworks to make the tweaks. Makes a real mess, and surprisingly (or maybe not), he comes up with a whole new work of art. He’s either a genius or a pyromaniac. Possibly both. I wish I could remember his name though. It is an odd concept though, creating a lovely work of art then blowing it to smithies. It certainly left us scratching our heads as we watched the documentary.


      1. There was a guy some years ago scattered tubes of paint randomly over a canvas, then covered the lot with plaster of paris.
        Once hardened, he set it up on an easel and from some few yards away potted with a .22 rifle.

        I don’t know how long after that but subsequently he took off the plaster and bits, and there was his lovely work of art … for which he won due aclaim and was apparently well paid by the art appreciative folks.

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