Well here we are 2012! It's been a strange start to the year for me, I started the year in hospital.
Call it miss adventure, or bad middle aged dancing, I fell early New Years Day at a party at my brother's house. My wrist was the casulty of my fall, and at first inspection obviously badly broken. Everyone's first response to my news has been the same, too much champagne? "Yes", was it you drawing arm? "No thank God!" An operation on New Years day to bolt my shattered wrist back together seems to have been a success, and now a week on, I'm feeling the need to get back into the studio.
Here's one I made a start on last year, again it's based on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy. I was drawn to many things, compositionally the curves of the arches in the building and the bridge. The next consideration you can't see yet, is the way the sun lights the facade of the bridge, bathing it in sunlight. Finally are the shadows that are cast against the glowing walls, in lovely violets.
This is a small study to pair up with a study I did of the same bridge last year, its size roughly A4, and I plan to use gouache, in vibrant coloured blocks, then work over details in pastel pencil.