Dark areas are as important as the light. So when I paint a dark area I know I also paint light, contrast and drama.
For many years now David has loved to paint in the medium of watercolour. Capturing the light in any of the subjects he attempts. Light creates atmosphere and mood. Also it brings any painting to life. It has become the life and soul of his work. A simple scene with dull light can be transformed and become magical when the sun shines. That is where my inspiration to paint comes from. Colour also plays its part. Tonal values therefore are an essential way of putting life into my work. Dark areas are as important as the light. So when I paint a dark area I know I also paint light, contrast and drama.
When he first started painting after a career as an art director in advertising many years ago. Aspinall was fortunate to meet and be tutored briefly by the well known artist Edward Wesson and later in recent times by the Uruguayan artist Alvero Castagnet. Nearer to home he was tutored by the Maidstone artist Michael Chaplin RWS.
Every artist has their favourite subject to paint, and mine is street scenes. Whether it be city, towns or villages. Aspinall says he loves the buzz of it all. The architecture and the people, live action, cars, sounds etc: Plus dealing with the challenge of perspective and the dramatic light opportunities these scenes offer.
He does not use white for highlights he leaves the paper, and paint round lightest areas. It gives a fresher look. At the moment he is experimenting with oils. A totally different medium and methods involved but I am enjoying the experience. He loves to paint in plain air where possible. what gets him going is opportunity