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February 28, 2011

"Tourist Posing" Painting in progress

Another painting in the tourist series, still in progress, also from Venice.
Here are four stages in the the progression.

February 18, 2011

People in a crowd - "Tourist trap" - painting in progress

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I have always been intrigued by people I do not know. I wonder who they are, how do they experience things? Probably there are similarities with my own experience, but what differences are there?

In an anonymous crowd, they tend to take on a distant disposition, and yet feeling anonymous, they are curiously open to our scrutiny.

My Curiosity is not agressive or invasive but rather tender and compassionate. Each one has their own story, their own cares and joys.

 On a more technical note, I always try to depict them in the least detailed way possible and still evoke how I perceive their state of mind.

What is their relation to the where they are and what is their interaction with people nearby or sometimes simply their spacial connection to the whole scene.

In this particular scene, the light picks out one person and gives her focus giving a more interesting or dynamic feeling to the painting.

February 13, 2011

Grand Canal Night - video in 6 stages

Playing around with my new video editor software : My latest painting in 6 stages with music


February 8, 2011

Grand Canal Night - Continuing

Still working away at this one. I'm enjoying it. trying to bring out the glow as much as I can without adding too much detail.

...and a couple of details to take in the color better

Feature on Art Of Day

I have the great pleasure to be featured on Art of Day, a website managed by artist James Day under the title "Expressionist Paintings of Geneva by Peter Hobden"

Click the link below the view the feature.

February 4, 2011

"Morning Crossing" resisting the finish

I am getting close to the end with this one, but it is impudently offering some resistance (might as well blame it on the painting) so I am putting it aside for a while in order to minimize my frustration. When I get frustrated I start doubting and we don't want that do we?

55 x 38 cm - oil on canvas
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February 1, 2011

Morning Crossing - The story so far

The painting so far in 4 stages:
55 x 38 cm Oil on canvas
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