For this exercise, we are asked to enlarge an image using the squaring up technique – preferably a townscape or with buildings in it. I chose to use one of my own photos taken whilst I was in Wales recently, it’s a view of Criccieth Castle.
I don’t usually tackle a scene like this using a squaring up technique, I prefer to paint an impression of the place. When we were there, the weather wasn’t all that great and it was gloomy most of the time, I have some lovely photos of the castle taken from the beach on the one morning when it was bright but they don’t include buildings in the foreground, so I decided not to use any of those. In retrospect I think I should have done because there would have been more ‘light’ in the finished painting. anyhow, I first squared off the image that I’d printed onto A4 paper and then expanded it onto A2.
I decided to use gouache for this exercise, for the white, I use Winsor & Newton acrylic, ‘cos I still haven’t managed to buy more white gouache!
I used a variety of different media to work on this painting, including soft pastels (for the grassy hill and parts of the castle ruins, sky tones. I decided to get rid of the car. This is the finished work:
I now have one more exercise to do before i can start preparation for Assignment four.
Footnote: I discovered that JMW Turner painted many castles in England and Wales. He also did studies of Criccieth. The images below were obtained from a website that concentrates on Castles and Fortifications (http://www.ecastles.co.uk/turnerw.html), however the copyright for these images is held with the Tate.