Sunlit Breakfast: location
Sunlit Breakfast is set in Bristol, England. On a visit to that fine city last September (our first visit, actually), my wife and I wandered through the Old City district. I was taking photos, as I usually do. A man and woman were finishing breakfast at a pavement table on a pedestrian walkway called Exchange Avenue. I’d guess the place takes its name from the adjacent Corn Exchange, now home to the bustling St Nicholas Market which is packed with dozens of fascinating stalls.
At the time, I took a single snapshot and then moved on.
Back home, viewing my photos from Bristol, the scene I’ve mentioned caught my attention.
There’s a Mediterranean feel to the scene. That’s due, I think, to the pavement cafe and the strong sunlight bringing out the honey tones of the old stone buildings. You could almost believe the place is in Spain or Italy.
I played around with the photo, using Photoshop Elements to crop it and remove a few elements. That gave me the basis for this painting, Sunlit Breakfast.
The colour scheme
The dominant colour scheme consisted of cream, yellow, brown, grey and black. Normally, I don’t like to limit my range of colours in a painting. Here, I decided I could and should restrict my palette – just to challenge myself, really. Noting that the colour scheme was warm, however, included some cool blues in the foreground, to provide a bit of contrast. So, for instance, the two figures got blue jeans instead of grey or brown trousers.
Two things about the couple at the table interested me.
First, the man had obviously seen me taking my photo. Consequently, he now appears to be looking straight at you, the viewer. But the woman is turned in the opposite direction, gazing towards the street in the distance. This creates a slight tension between the two of them, which creates extra interest.
Second, the couple happened to be wearing clothes that fitted the dominant colour scheme. (Ignoring the fact that, as I say, I’ve put them into blue jeans.)
I reckon there’s a ‘60s look about the couple. Though this dates me, I’ll say the that man in his black roll neck sweater reminds me of the actor Noel Harrison, who played the male partner in the Sixties TV series The Girl From UNCLE.
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This original watercolour painting is available for sale, unframed. Terms and Conditions apply.
The size is 8.5 x 11.8 inches, or 21.5 x 30 centimetres.
The materials I used are:
- Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour paints
- Daler & Rowney 140lb (300gsm) Langton Prestige Cold Pressed watercolour paper, which is a professional-quality paper.
The price is UK£75.00.
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