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Ocho Balcones (No.3): Kitchen Contrast

After two weeks, it has become something of a new tradition to begin the week with the latest addition of my new collection of gouache paintings, Ocho Balcone. Named after the 8 balconies which I get to enjoy every day in my Palma de Mallorca flat, it is particularly pertinent that their bright colours should start off the week afresh in this blog, since in reality it is the cheer of these sunny views which makes the prospect of working after the weekend a little more bearable.

This Monday’s painting is the third in the collection, and depicts the balcony immediately adjacent to our kitchen. I love the time of the day when the sun on the yellow building opposite is so bright that the colours of the inside of my kitchen pale by way of comparison. This painting is an attempt to capture this contrast, when, with the harsh glow of sunlight dominating from outside, the inside of my kitchen becomes something of a monochrome version of its former self.

Ocho Balcones No. 3: KItchen Contrast (2015 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, gouache on paper)

Ocho Balcones No. 3: KItchen Contrast (2015 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, gouache on paper)

More to come, next Monday!

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  1. maru clavier #

    This is a fine view from the kitchen. I like the change from shadows to light, being able to see both sides, and the composition with the lines, and the gorgeous yellow, and the beautilul ironwork in your balcony.

    August 31, 2015
    • Thank you Maru!! I am very happy with the contrast as it brings the colours alive… it’s just how we see it in reality when the sun is really bright outside, but if you tried to capture the effect on camera, the light would prove too bright I think and the contrast lost. So glad you’re continuing to enjoy the new collection 🙂

      September 3, 2015
  2. Nicholas it is very kind to share this with us but we are more than jealous. Snapped a section of the late Geoffrey Smart’s paintings in the NGV Melbourne on Saturday. In the same vein – a glimpse into something beyond our little lives here.

    August 31, 2015
    • Wow! What an amazing recommendation… I never saw any of Smart’s works before, but I just had a quick look online and am totally entranced! Thank you!!

      September 3, 2015
      • Thank you Mr Delacy Brown – so glad I could make the introduction. 🙂

        September 5, 2015
  3. A Fellow Traveler #

    Love the blue stool color and the white stool — it glows! Thanks for all the views.

    August 31, 2015
  4. Hi Nicholas – glad you found the work – sorry about the misspelling should be Jeffrey Smart! I just put up a post with a link back here – I’d been promising to write up something on Smart’s work for a while so your work was a great prompt.

    September 5, 2015

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