It’s interesting what translates when going from a smaller study to a larger version. Instead of viewing the canvas as small you can look at it as the brushes being big. Everything is a little more crude and overstated. With a larger canvas you have more room to work and can give it a little more finesse.
One thing I like about this one is the rock steps to the left. In 127 those got totally lost but here it actually feel like they have some volume.
After all those sepia toned paintings from last month I think I wanted to get some color on the canvas. Same issue with the loose nature of this one. I was tired of making things so tight and wanted to give this a little more life.
For those of you not in the know, the Cheekwood is a wonderful museum right outside of the city. They have a great sculpture garden and that Saturday we took a stroll around the property.
The painting above is of the path around the grounds. I was able to get lots of great images and will do a few more. It’s a really beautiful place.
This painting is the result of a misunderstanding. I had been reading The Art Spirit by Robert Henri and in that book he talked about working from memory. His contention was that looking directly at a model (or a photo) made you less creative and that to really express a subject you needed to paint it from memory.
I was in a funk and had run out of things to paint so I decided to take a look at the Daily Paintworks Challenge a couple of weeks ago. They had this one where you painted a photo of a metal bowl and some watermelon but you did it upside down. So that is what this was.