Can you can predict inspiration?
Last Sunday’s visit to a friend for his birthday had an unexpected outcome. Fresh tea and home-made biscuits? We certainly hadn’t expected that!
But back to the other surprise. Looking towards the side fence from the front verandah afterwards I saw an eyeful of colour. Bougainvillea and poinsettia spilled over into the sunshine. The pinks and orange made a wonderful splash with a couple of red and yellow lids on nearby rubbish bins.
Next morning (with permission) I set up to paint on that verandah. It was rubbish day so the bins were out of the composition – on the footpath. It was about the same time of day and the sunny conditions prevailed. Here is the result after the first session.
The roof worried me, although the day before the terra cotta tiles seemed an important colour in the composition. There was also a satellite dish on the roof which was either going to be a distraction or a unifying element. I discarded it fairly early on. It was too small to add any strength.
The second session gave me a chance to remove the roof and heighten the colour of the plants. The bougainvillea wasn’t pure cerise but closer to crimson with purple and orange lights. I hadn’t quite nailed that yet. Things got a bit fiddly when I changed to a smaller brush but I soon called it quits.
And from the front gate I could see the sea! Later in the week I worked on that.