View Full Version : Hardware Store, Knaresborough WIP

03-26-2005, 07:56 AM
As this is a "fill in" painting which I will do in stages between other paintings, I'll post it as a WIP. It is a Hardware store in Castlegate, Knaresborough opposite "Hanna's House".

Here's the reference, a wonderful cornucopia of hardware items that looks a little like the back of my garage:

And here is the progress after 2 sessions - 14 x 10 Bockingford:

Complicated, but fun!


03-26-2005, 09:03 AM

I have to admire your courage (and your patience) for taking this on....I have no doubt whatsoever that you will accomplish it in your usual fantstic style.....

....You do realize though, that if cameras were never invented, you could have made a fortune as " The Recorder of all things Real....By Appointment "

Shall keep my eye on this one

By the way, that weather vane would have put me off right at the offset!!!!


03-26-2005, 09:18 AM
This is going to be wonderful Doug - great start!!!!! Sooo colourful!!

I was thinking that you can imgine being the person who is bringing all this stuff out every morning and you paint each one as you are bringing it out :p Or would that make it more labourious :rolleyes: :p

03-26-2005, 11:40 AM
Oooh hope you are going to put Arkwright in there somewhere - just looks like his shop. :D


03-26-2005, 11:49 AM
LOL Ye-ye-yer mean the owner? He's inside. :D

Wonderful series "Open All Hours" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/articles/o/openallhours_66600470.shtml) with Ronnie Barker and David Jason - I suppose you're Nurse Gladys Emmanuelle? :wink2:


03-26-2005, 02:36 PM
By the way if you want to sample some of the BBC's finest comedy
this site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sitcom/top10.shtml)
has some wonderful video clips - and "I shall tell you this only once" my favourite is 'Allo 'Allo :D


03-26-2005, 04:20 PM
I cannot wait to see this one.
By the way, I have sat across the street in Hannah's and watched these things being put out in the morning. She had it down to a system!

03-26-2005, 04:42 PM
You wont't have to ait lng, Judy - I have "only" the window reflections to paint tomorrow then it will be finished.


03-26-2005, 07:06 PM
Doug this is looking great. Really think the ref photo is wonderful. However, you said: complicated, but fun! Those words don't go together! :D :wave:

mr sandbanx
03-27-2005, 12:34 AM
Good start Doug. Seems like you spend quite some time drawing these. looking forward to more.

03-27-2005, 02:41 AM
I draw and paint a few items at a time, Chris.

Here's the progress made yesterday in between watching the golf on TV:

Reflections and shadows to finish.


03-27-2005, 03:21 AM
Looking good Doug, don't get your fingers caught in that till!! :D

03-27-2005, 03:30 AM
Morning K-K-K-Kev c-can I sell you something? A painting? ;) :D
(reference to Arkwright's stutter in "Open All Hours" :) )


03-27-2005, 04:45 AM

This is really looking terrific! Your colors are so clear and clean, it is beautiful. What is the blue you've used in the sign? I really like that shade.

This reminds me of the old joke "How do you eat an elephant?" "One bite at a time!" Looking at the reference photo it is daunting how many different elements there are, but you are very methodical in moving through the pile, one thing at a time, and it is working very nicely.


03-27-2005, 05:41 AM
Thanks Sylvia - here's the finished painting:

Really had fun doing it as you say - "one bite at a time" LOL

I thought it reminded me of something - laughed at your description of "clean colours" - here's my board:

Not what you would call "clean" colours in my pallets :D

BTW it was a strong mix of ultramarine and cobalt blue - actually not very good as it turned out patchy.


03-27-2005, 06:03 AM
I love it! A very good job.


03-27-2005, 07:05 AM
This looks very good Doug , this shop is very dear to my heart, or I should say my head , a few years ago I bought a bunnet in there 4.99 but she gave it to me for 3.99, still got it keeps my head warm, as I say nice place , nice painting-----------well done-----------Alan

03-27-2005, 11:28 AM
Doug it all looks a little clean, looking at the ref there are a lot of dark shadows in there, maybe you could rough it up a little with some well placed darks.

03-27-2005, 12:00 PM
I know what you mean, Kev, the paint is peeling on the shop sign for example. It was a bright day when I took the photograph and the camera has blacked out all the shadows. Perhaps I could go a little darker, But I'd rather have the detail.

Remember digital cameras have a limited dynamic range - they often burn out the skies and blacken the shadows.


03-27-2005, 01:12 PM
Doug , you do like a challenge don't you? What a brave soul you are. :) Love how you simplified it a tad but still left a lot of " stuff" there. :p
Great Job.

03-27-2005, 01:25 PM
Thanks Pearl.

I thought I had got everything. The only thing I simplified were the reflections - there was a blue van parked opposite which showed in the left hand window reflection which I left out.

Was easier than I expected, done slowly item by item.


03-27-2005, 02:37 PM

As I said earlier, I had no doubts that you would pull this off...but I have to agree with Kev , that a few "darks" would really help this to become a "finished " painting with more "soul"

To me. its the little things, like darks and shadows that truly finish a painting ( I learned this after many years of architectural renderings)

Great job Doug


03-27-2005, 04:39 PM
I value your opinion, Brian - I'll have a look and see what needs to be done.


12-03-2009, 04:15 AM
i was reluctant to take up this months challenge after seeing the details in the painting. but after seeing your wip i have decided to try. thanks doug.

12-03-2009, 04:28 AM
Wow! Thats some effort! Great painting!

12-03-2009, 07:46 AM
Wowza! Lots to look at in this one Doug; well met!!! I guess you used the "how to eat an elephant" philosophy here..."one bite at a time!"
Glad to see your palette doesn't match the crisp and clean of your paintings, I wouldn't know the true color of my palette these days lol!

12-03-2009, 09:52 AM
Wow, Doug, this is lovely work!! I think the only thing you missed was a tiny ant that was on one of the baskets!! :D Great details!!


12-03-2009, 09:56 AM
Thanks folks. This is quite an old thread which was just referred to. If you don't mind I'll close it so as not to take up space reserved for new posts.

There is a new version of the Hardware Store in the December 2009 Challenge (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=595376) in the Watercolor Studio.