Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Adventures in colour in Varanasi 1

I arrived back in London over a fortnight ago and still digesting the dazzling and wonderful colours, movement and light that India has in copious amounts!

Varanasi from the Ganges

It is the most inspiring of places and I was lucky enought to be with the most inspiring group of painters. 

Varanasi was electric; I have described it as sticking your fingers into a plug socket! The energy is extraordinary; colour is bright and harmonies and clashes unexpected.

Crowds, Prayag Ghat, Varanasi

You can never expect anything to stay still for long and have to make decisions fast!

By the Rashmi Guest House

I will be putting up the work in a series of different blogs but here is a selection:

Flags and Crowds, Dasaswamedh Ghat

Bathing , Prayag,  Varanasi

Washing and railings, Prayag Ghat

Work post India. London Spring and Chelsea football

The painting trip to Varanasi has sharpened me up to the colours of London! I was lucky enough to arrive back just as spring was beginning.  Spring brings very subtle colours and I've been seeking out the electric, bright ones in the spectrum.

On Saturday I pastelled the Chelsea crowds at Stamford Bridge.  The light was fantastic and the blues on the Souvenir stand were magnificent

Chelsea Match Day, Crowds Arriving

The noise from the stands as Chelsea scored 6-nil win was deafening.  Nothing could prepare me for the crowds leaving the stadium into the brightly lit Fulham road.  It was rather quieter than I was expecting but the atmosphere was fantastic.

Crowds leaving the stadium, Stamford Bridge

The light in march has been good and there have been some great sunrises and sunsets.

First light, Old Church Street, Chelsea

Bolton Gardens, Earls Court, late afternoon

Even when the light is dull and fading, the flowers glow.

Narcissi, Kensington Palace, Late Afternoon

 Daffodils, Tite Street

This is the small board I have done for Wimbledon Art Studios open show in May

Monday, 17 March 2014