I have painted the interior of this historic cafe in Lisbon several times before. Although each time the focal point may be different, the inspiration is essentially the same - the play of light. This time, I concentrated my efforts more on that aspect the whole time I was working on this piece.
While painting, there are many things an artist has to be thinking about (shapes, colors, values, edges, light/shadow, warm/cool, etc.) and sometimes the fun may be taken away from the very act of painting when the artist gets too preoccupied with all these elements. I certainly happens to me.
By making a conscious effort just to focus on one aspect out of many (and hoping the rest will cooperate), I had so much fun making today's painting.
Lisbon Café, Portugal VIII
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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 in. (on 9 x 12 in. paper)
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