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Recently I have been preparing for the Northbound Exhibition at Newcastle Central Station on the 12th May; celebrating work by local artists linked to the North of England. I already had ideas of creating abstract paintings based on images I took on my Olympus Trip 35 last year (David Bailey inspired), so this was the perfect platform for them, and one I could support wholeheartedly. Love Art North East is the brains behind this exhibition, along with many others curated by Lesley in different locations across the North East.

It was a different take on my usual style, but I have been super pleased with the results. I created a pair of paintings overlooking the Quayside in Newcastle, in a style which had a strong gold base. What I noticed however, was that the appearance of the painting changed dramatically depending on the light source, so as you can imagine when I came to photograph it for publication, I encountered huge problems!

When I came to use my usual professional setup (light boxes, tripod, QX1 etc) I found that I couldn’t capture the beautiful gold tones within the paintings, so although the image looked professional quality, it certainly didn’t do my works of art any justice.

So then I tried without the dark room and lights; using natural light as I have two very large Georgian windows in my studio…however in this way I couldn’t seem to grasp the professional quality although I did manage to capture the metallic sheen.

In the end, I decided they all had beautiful qualities so I used the professional images for publication and natural lit ones for social media…

It seems the paintings reflect the changing nature of the beautiful Newcastle City Scape on which it is based!

I simply couldn’t decide! So feel free to take a look and judge for yourself.

Which do you prefer? And if you have any tips regarding capturing metallic tones in artwork please share!