No. 79 is the last of the ones from Amelia Island for the year and features a lady hunting for shells early in the morning. I had gotten up early to try and catch the sunrise and she happened to be walking by. She was a long ways off but I was able to crop in and not look like a stalker.
This is the first real one of the year with a person in it and for good reason. It’s really hard. In your head the colors you choose to paint people are totally different from what is really there. This lady is a bright orange paired with a muddy orange/brown but that’s what was there and following it makes it look real.
Painting these landscapes feels totally insane for about the first 60% of it. Even if you stand back things look insane and while I know it will form up it still looks like an abstract painting for a good chunk of the process. Then, if you stick to what you see it all starts to come into focus and you can see a path, a tree, some water, etc. Every time it feels like a leap of faith that works out. Most of the time.
This one took a little effort to make the sky and water really work. I’ve been doing all the ones since I started back in one sitting but this was the first where I went back and tightened it up. The only way to really paint the water is to do a real blurry undercoat and then come back on top with the short wave strokes.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
I had trouble getting the persimmon nice and orange and decided to do a bright yellow base on this one to start so that the orange would be nice and bright. It’s poking through a little on the background which adds a nice touch.
We’re leaving to visit family tomorrow and I am not 100% sure about the internet situation in L.A. (Lower Alabama) so it may be Friday before I post 77, 78 and 79. Have a great Thanksgiving!
Here’s Number 74. It’s another of the 16″ x 8″ ones and probably the last of the pears for this year. I was a little worried about trying one this big with three pears but it in the end it came together. I am going to miss painting them while I finish the others but will revisit them next year and hopefully on a larger canvas. This one was getting comfortable on our wall but a friend bought it and so it’s off to another home.
It’s hard to really judge the size on the web but it’s four times the size of the 6″ x 6″ ones I’ve been doing. This was a little bit of a challenge but it was also nice to have a little room to paint. I laid them down on some light blue fabric and looked straight down at them while painting. My favorite part is the shadows of the stems on the fabric.
Eric introduced me to the music of Mr. Ryan thirteen years ago (yikes) and since then he and I have had the pleasure of sharing a beer with Matthew and even opening up for him once at Eddies Attic. His music is so freaking good that it just hurts sometimes. Dear Lover, his latest album, is one of the albums I listen too almost constantly while painting and has been a part (indirectly) of a lot of these paintings.
The world is held together with lies and promises. Broken hearts, brand new days, for you to start all over again.
On the first pass I totally got the shape totally wrong. It was all wonky and I had to go back in and try to corrected it. Then the background. I tried green, then blue, then gave up and used white. This was back when the background were just giving me fits. So there is No. 71 – a peek inside the ones that did not make it all the way.
I think I have more of these kind for tomorrow and then will be back into normal stuff.