I finished the lower horizontal painting of the winter afternoon light on the docks and shrimp boats of Gay Fish Co. - I entered it in the local competition at the Beaufort Art Association's Spring Show. Boy, was this a hard painting to photograph! I must have taken 30 pictures in every possible light in my yard....looks a little dark here but at least there's no glare. Then I decided I would finish the painting at the top which has been languishing on my drying wall for months and months.....also of Gay Fish Co. A place which is not only picturesque, has great shrimp all year and is close to home; but appeared in a tiny portion of the movie "Forrest Gump." As I looked at the picture over the past months, I realized that the values were off so I knew where I had to go. I will end up painting the entire picture over again but the drawing was accurate and I like the concept of it. I began again with the important relationship between the light washed docks and the white building in shadow........hopefully, I will finish it with this pass and not have to put it back up on the drying wall.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Thursday, 21 February 2013
At least you can see where I am going with this painting in this photo........realized after I posted the last time that it was impossible to tell what I was painting! Funny, but as an artist you can get so involved in your own thoughts/reality that you forget that others aren't there with you. I am quite pleased with how this is turning out and will hopefully finish it tomorrow.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Obviously my intention to paint smaller isn't really panning out! I did one small still life which I wiped off and returned to a larger format.............. I did begin another small-ish painting which I will post when I finish it (after my hand uncramps a bit) because it is coming out pretty well. At any rate, I am so excited that I finally did the research and purchased some lights that I could use to keep working after dark. I decided to post this beginning (lit only by artificial light) - I know the photo looks quite warm but when you are standing at the easel it is very cool and natural.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
I decided to do a couple of "less large" things in the next week or so and the upper picture is one of those. I like to work larger (it's really all relative). Smaller things are quite a bit easier to finish in one session and, therefore, better for blogging. But it's also nice to explore an idea without investing huge amounts of time and then move on. I doubt that I will ever be able to work on 6x6's........just feels way too inhibiting to me. I am also going to have to get a new computer and I know (from past experience) that switching over is going to be quite an investmement in time but I better do it before it crashes for the last time - I thought it had happened yesterday.
Sunday, 10 February 2013
I am really almost done with the figures (promise I won't post it again).............so I began the painting of the bridge. Moving to a totally new location makes it necessary to explore for new painting sites and I found this one. I forgot to take a photo of the sign posted on the bridge so I can't remember the name of it beyond "out somewhere off route 17" which is not very poetic. I use my phone camera a lot to take pictures of things like signs since, when everything is new, it's amazing how easy it is to forget a particular place name. Even driving around for a couple of hours, there are many names and connections to learn.
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
I have put this one back on the easel.........it's been on hiatus but I really wanted to get back into it and finish it. Since I like to work alla prima, I sometimes have difficuly getting back into a painting but I knew I didn't want to let this one linger. I usually end up doing the entire picture over again (which is what I am doing with this one). So, it may be a couple of more days but I am on track.
Saturday, 2 February 2013
I've been into boats the past week and pretty much finished "Nets Out" - it will go on the drying wall for visual scrutinty. The painting of the boats at the dock was begun and put aside for a little while I dwelled on reducing the confusion that is present on the dock. I believe I know where I am going with it so it's back on the easel.