Windows are another favourite subject that I often choose to paint. The light flooding in through the glass is uplifting for the soul. Or just the breeze coming through an open window is reinvigorating. Likewise the view of a garden outside lifts the spirits.
Once I lived in an old house with frosted glass in all the windows (it was a long time ago.) I hated that house because I couldn’t see out and I was happy that I only lived there for a few years!
A movable window
So windows for me are a subject I return to from time to time. However, I must admit to having the help of a prop that I can position to suit what I am going to paint. In my studio I have a set of windows rigged up in a frame. I can then use lights to adjust the direction and strength of light coming through the glass. Similarly, I can set the angle of the windows and whether they are open or closed. One of the images attached to this post shows the prop windows as they are set up to paint the first image in this post. I have never bothered to flash them up with new paint, because one day I might want to do a painting of old windows with peeling paint!
Not all the paintings shown in this post are done using that studio prop, but three are.
My next exhibition of paintings will be held at the Metcalfe Gallery, Brisbane Institute of Art, from 27th August to the 8th September, 2021. Please send me a note and I’ll email you an invitation two weeks before the next exhibition.