Saturday, 29 May 2010

Remember the Night We Painted the Town Red

The Night We Painted the Town Red

This painting was an attempt to put something on the canvas. I have had a fairly good little period of sales this last week or so, but have painted nothing to replace them. Truth to be told I have wasted more materials in the last few weeks than I have since I began painting.

I have tried watercolours. I have returned to pastels. I have discarded acrylic after acrylic.

So I hear you laugh and ask why I did not discard this one also.

Yesterday a sale painting was being taken from one of my spaces. I thought that rather than flog the same poor horse another day I would try something different.

I mixed some paint, colours I would not normally use. I mixed it thin enough to pour.

The painting you see was poured onto the canvas. It was left to partially dry then with a knife moved here and there.

I was about to clean it off when a friend told me he liked it and to give it some time.

So it is hanging and we shall see.

Painted using acrylic. I have to say the picture does not really allow it to be seen from further back. Where it is hanging it is viewed from further back. I have had some reports that it is at least causing discussion.

I wonder how you view it. Look one way and you can see rows of glasses of amber nectar used to paint towns red. Or look another way and you just might see a hint of the town itself.

This blog is linked to my other where the art is used.   Falling Asleep


  1. I really like this one, Ralph. I can indeed see buildings and windows with little yellow awnings over each.

  2. To me, it has overtones of a political rally :) The colours give it quite an emotional momentum.

  3. I see buidings and wet streets with lots of reflections. I like it! :0)

  4. I like this! The energy is evident in your colors and how they are applied! Well done!!

  5. The power of suggestion..haha. When i look at these i hear a quiet china town, then i'm taken to Italy. Night on a gondola. I so enjoy your visions.

  6. It looks like Manhattan in the evening rush hour in the rain. I like it Ralph. It keeps changing, one can sit and look at this painting and see something different each time.

    Congratulations on all of your sales, success can be overwhelming and scary at times. Your an excellent artist, just paint. All the best to you.

  7. Like Melanie, I find the power of suggestion amazing and funny. As I read the suggestions made above I found myself saying, "Oh ya, I see that." Great picture that can be all of the above. Talented artist.