Progress “in the sunshine”

Using my sketch as a guide, I have altered the pose and the colouring of my pair. I think it already looks more relaxed and friendly.  The new colours are altering the balance of the painting, and I am preferring the new view.

His creamy trousers are lightening the tone, his outstretched arm opening up the pose, and when he gets his feet …..

Meanwhile, her choice of dress goes happily with the greens and blues of the foliage, but it played havoc with the turquoise vase at her elbow.  Now these vases are a source of joy to her, but when I took the reference photo, they were temporarily  not on display for safety during building work.  None of us thought about them!  What to do?

I could change the colour of her dress – but I liked what the present colour was doing to the painting.  I could change the colour of the vases though I don’t think that would go down too well.  In the end, I took the one behind her out of the painting altogether.  There is the large, very glossy vase and its attendant dove in the foreground which was sufficiently distant from her dress for an unhappiness to be avoided,  and she looks less crowded now that it has gone.

In the Sunshine again.

Is it really September 4th 2017 when I last worked on this painting?  Much has happened since then, not least I have finally got a good working photo of the pair on the identical terrace.  I had to go to Nice to get it (but that was fun) and  the pose has more animation now.

I have painted out his head and part of hers, and also painted out the feet.  These areas had begun to show a little “halo” of adjustments, not quite matching the background, looking dirty.  I don’t think that I need to paint out the rest of the figures – I think I can change them as necessary.  We have a different colour scheme which will help, and the new pose is encouraging as it makes the painting more friendly.


I have done a line drawing to help me position the figures.  Her head is not quite right as she is looking at him and smiling!  But the figures themselves are right relative to each other.  She has opted for a long dress, which makes things easier, and his pose means that I don’t have to do him full face (and he is pleased about that).  This looks like a win-win situation!