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Painting negative spaces on the way back from the RSPB Birdfair

Posted On: Monday 22nd August 2011
Summary: I was struck by John Threlfall's use of negative spaces as an important element in his bird paintings, and on the way home I decided to paint something where I would give the negative space priority. I discuss negative spaces with John in the video on the "A Conversation with..." tab

Blog Tags: Sketching   Pochade painting   Townscapes   Buildings   Digital painting   

I stopped off in the village of Collyweston in Northamptonshire (famous for traditional "collyweston" roofing tiles) determined to paint a "negative space", come what may, having talked with John Thelfall earlier in the day about this (click here to see the video)

I parked the car on the hill that forms the High Street of the village and from the passenger sear used my computer tablet to do a digital sketch to get myself in the right frame of mind:

collyweston high street digital sketch

Then I got out my pochade box and using a brown-underpainted board, painted in the most obvious negative space first, the sky:

negative spaces oil 

Over the next 30 minutes I worked it up a bit in oil:

... and then a bit more. Not finished but I enjoyed the exercise. Negative spaces, negative spaces, negative spaces.......

negative painting spaces in oil at Collyweston village


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