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Urban sketch „Roussilon Red“ after Alex Hillkurtz

Tom0779 02 Mar 2021

I did this one as I like the work of Alex Hillkurtz and I wanted to try a painting in his loose style. This painting showed me the limitation of my skills, this looks like a beginners painting compared to the original. No frustration, but I am still a very beginner.
The scene is Cafe Roussilon in Paris. Check for the original, it is worth to see it. My normal line and wash paintings seem to fit my skills much better.
Paper used is W&N cold pressed. Cellulose. Format is A4.



Felix Creator of

"I am still a very beginner" - I think this humble attitude is what makes you such a great artist!

It's beautiful. The windows are my favourite piece of this.

Sunnylady Community Darling

I think this is another fantastic painting from you Tom! I love pink glow that looks like reflection of light from the red roof. It looks like this one is more loose than your normal techniques. Did you feel that way or it was more rigid for you to paint this painting?

Sunnylady Community Darling

I also like that viewer is under some kind of roof observing this scene.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

Thanks for all your feedback.
@Sunnylady: Yes this is definitely more loose. I already started this picture in October 2020, but then I stopped the process as I wasn't happy with the outcome. Later on I found it again, I almost forgot it. I decided to finish it, by using also brush pens which I never used before.
To me the biggest challenge is to paint loose. This is something you can't really learn I guess. Lets see what the future brings.

Tom0779 Multi-Medium-Talent

@Felix: your comment made me smile. I really feel like a beginner, especially when I try something different. I added a picture where I put the painting in a frame. I think it looks a bit better then.

Sunnylady Community Darling

Tom, I thought the same, but since i started my attempts at painting outside looking at the objects and doing things on my own without instructor and with just generic idea (I have only 2 little ones) I could feel some thoughts towards being more loose with my brushes. I just got to know that water color may be used at en plein eir - may be you get interested to try, just before everything turns green and see if that will affect you somehow.

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