January 25, 2011

Side Canal - first blush

First blush of color on my side canal.

oil on canvas 40 x 50 cm 
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burnt umber & white under-sketch
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Paintings by Peter Hobden

January 22, 2011

Grand Canal Night - in progress

This is my latest painting - in progress.

The under sketch and first session with some color are spontaneous and dynamic. The results at this stage often give me a feeling of strength. Considering this, I often wonder to what extent I can leave it like this.

Sometimes I go too far in "cleaning it up", and though the resulting painting is not lacking in merit, It loses some of that rawness. I still need to go somewhat further but can I keeep this power?

The first color session
45 x 35 cm Oil
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The under sketch in burnt umber
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Paintings by Peter Hobden

January 11, 2011

Sunshine Cinema

This one is finished now. I am quite smitten by it for the moment. I make it one of my top favorites... until it is supplanted...

"Sunshine Cinema"
Oil on canvas 60 x 50 cm
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Paintings by Peter Hobden

January 5, 2011

Finishing "Le Pont de la Machine"

This one, I haven't touched for ages. I think I was afraid to finish it at the time, maybe feeling I was not up to it skill-wise. I worked on it this afternoon and I think maybe one more session needed.

Pont de la Machine
Oil on canvas 80 x 60 cm
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Paintings by Peter Hobden

January 3, 2011

Night Café - Finished

Oil on canvas 45 x 55 cm
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Detail
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Paintings by Peter Hobden