I started out with a wash of transparent medium orange. Sketched in some details with a brush and layered in some paint like icing, nice and thick and juicy! Of course wet paint is a bit difficult to photograph so I may post another pic soon.
I am trying to "workout" my architectural painting skills. I don't do them often enough. I am finally getting to where I am not intimidated by them and actually starting to enjoy the process a little more.
From the same theater I painted a couple days ago. A lovely evening at the philharmonic. The dark colors are difficult to capture digitally. They are much richer and full of warm and cool tones. They are not flat black. I don't own a tube of black paint, if you do, throw it away. You will be much happier with your work if you do, trust me. Your paintings will be more harmonious and more relate-able to the viewer. I get my favorite dark tones mixing oranges with blues. Give it a try.
My daughter and I enjoyed an enjoyable evening at the philharmonic at Ft. Wayne's Embassy Theatre. I snapped some shots from the upper level and finally got a chance to work on a painting. I haven't painted this large in a while and this took me a few days to work out. I tried to keep it painterly yet readable with all the architectural details.
If you click on the picture you can see the details a bit better.
Summer is here. The kids are on school break. I set up two easels on my back screen porch. One for me and one for whichever one of the kids wants to join me. My goal is to paint at least a few hours a week this short break without cutting into family time. I figure I have a better chance of squeezing in more time if my painting area is more accessible. Yesterday I was joined by my six year old who did a great drawing of a race track. I completed this one from a recent trip to a nearby amusement part. This nostalgic park opened in 1926. It is no rival to the larger parks today, however, it is full of charm and offers a fairly good range of fun from thrilling to entertaining. I hope this park continues to improve and maintain what it has to offer.
I am happy with the simplified details and strong morning light. Of course I spent way too much time trying to get an image that best shows this painting, but I think it looks much better in real life. hmmm...wet paint and dark shadows are difficult to photograph.
A wet in wet alla prima painting. When painting in this style you can't help but remember to put in a brushstroke and wipe your brush often and proceed otherwise you end up with a lot of muddy color and lacking value. This also reminded me to step back often and study my progress. Sometimes it is all too easy to forget that important part of painting.
Everyone is worn out here after one of my sons graduated from high school this past weekend. His party was a success despite intermittent rain showers. I am actually surprised at myself for getting into the studio today.