Thursday, 28 May 2009

NORWICH CATHEDRAL ACRYLIC PAINTING No: 2

Am I glad May is nearly over and we go away to Italy at the weekend for a well earned rest - it has been an incredibly busy month. Finally, I had a week to create this acrylic painting of THE CLOISTERS AT NORWICH CATHEDRAL and completed it last night around 11 pm when I continued shapes around the sides of the box canvas. Today Clive put on the D rings and cord and I varnished and labelled it ready to deliver with the other 3 paintings to my pal Sandra who will take it to the selection committee for me.

Here are a couple of photos of the process throughout the week.


When I visited the Cathedral I simply loved the way the bright light was flooding through into the cloisters and hoped I could achieve this feeling. To do so I added some yellow to the white light to help the contrast with the blue tones in the stone floor. I decided to extend the large shapes of the archways on the foreground floor area to give more impact and did a final white glaze all over the floor area both light and shadow. You will see the difference when you look at the top photo of the final painting.
Hopefully in June I will be able to visit my blog and yours more often.


9 comments:

Sandy Maudlin said...

So beautifully done. Enjoy Italy, and if you're in Venice, the Doge's palace has arches that look just like this.

Sandra Rowney said...

Hi Joan, Well you certainly respond well to pressure!! There's me whinging on about my painter's block (only a couple of days mind!) and you go and whip up this great little number. It's my pleasure to submit it for you.
Sandra

Shirley said...

Absolutely beautiful - the architecture and the light.

RHCarpenter said...

Well, you had the pressure and you responded beautifully - now a well-needed and well-deserved rest and holiday for a while. We'll miss you but return with lots of photos and stories :)

Robert A Vollrath said...

Wonderful work as always.

Sandra Rowney said...

Hi Joan
Well done, these paintings have been selected for the Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle exhibition in Norwich Cathedral.
Sandra

Margaret Ann said...

Beautiful light...OH how glorious it is! How did I miss this one?

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. I must say I was delighted with the outcome - lot of heart ache and struggle to achieve what I wanted with the light. Delighted Sandra they have both been accepted for the Cathedral Exhibition.

Robyn said...

Wonderful painting, Joan and brilliant capture of the architecture. Brava!

Also loved seeing your photos of Northern Italy. Apart from Venice, it's an area I've yet to visit.