Art2Arts Artist Marc Todd

Where did the inspiration come from for this piece?

I’ve always found cities to be inspiring places artistically, and London is one of the best. There are so many iconic landmarks, which allow for a more abstract approach in their representation, as they remain instantly recognisable. Sunsets also feature in a lot of works and are of course very ‘painterly’ in nature. I like to play and experiment with colour, and I was very pleased with the combination of colours in this piece – being not an exact representation of reality, but a more heightened and visually contemporary look and feel.

 

London Under A Bright Sunset by Marc Todd
London Under A Bright Sunset by Marc Todd

What is the creative process when creating your unique light effects?

I generally start with the lightest tones first, and gradually add darker tome from there, before going back to the lighter tones and creating ‘hard’ highlights that give the painting depth and contrast. The darker shadows are effectively what gives the architecture form and structure, whilst the highlights act to separate and demarcate individual buildings.

How long would this work have taken you?

Ii would have been painted in several hour bursts over a couple of days. I like to paint quickly and fluidly, especially on the larger canvases, which keeps the colours and the overall piece fresh and vibrant.