I’ve been working on local views to see if I can produce anything from landmarks close to home.
Its been amazing to travel abroad and work from the wonderful sights and memories these trips have generated. But I need to be able to get inspiration from sources closer to home. So on a sunny summer’s day I walked around Leatherhead looking for the history, character, colours, the light and shade of the town. I launched into creating pictures from the photos I took and the feelings I felt from viewing them.
Leatherhead Station is a lovely Victorian building with plenty of interesting features. Its placed high, overlooking the ring road and car park. So the setting is a little challenging. This view will be recognisable to those commuters using the station daily. I’m not sure they will want to be reminded of this building but I think its makes an interesting subject.
The next painting is of a row of cottages running off Church Street. I liked the simple subject, colour of the brickwork and the perspective. I’ve treated the trees in the background slightly differently and feel this has worked.
I moved on to this view of Church street, with its large trees and Victorian buildings. It may not be to everyone’s taste but I like the colours and wanted to get the feeling of arriving in to the town from the Dorking Road, with town’s history and character. The style is a little looser and I’ve treated the trees in yet another way.
The final painting of Leatherhead, for now, is of the River Mole as it passes under the railway bridges and on to the water meadows downstream. I was looking for a scene that captured the water reflections, the shadows under the bridge and the curve of the river. I’m not that happy with this painting as the trees are too uniform in colour and the sky too yellowish. But its worth showing as a comparison to other work on this blog.