I went back through my files of a Seattle wander for this one. These dudes were just too cool for words - that and the sky reflected in the puddle made it absolutely impossible not to paint.
As for the cold wax and oil workshop I took earlier this week, I want to show you just a few examples of the absolutely yummy texture I was able to achieve. This was really just SO much fun! Especially since I was able to share the experience with some art buddies. Eventually I want to use cold wax in my regular, realistic work. For now I need to experiment more, and overhaul my studio so I have more room to put stuff!
For some reason I get more glare on my paintings when I try to photograph them on an overcast day, vs. a sunny one. And we have a lot of those in the winter here in Oregon. So I've taken a second photo to show how this looks from another angle. This is my favorite San Fran painting so far!
For the next two days I am taking a workshop from Ruth Armitage. She is teaching us how she does abstract paintings, using cold wax and all kinds of other fun tools. I'm really excited to see how she makes her beautiful paintings!!
Yesterday I spent hours doing a painting of a similar scene, with just one gal in the foreground, in shadow. It was on a bigger panel, a more complicated scene, and at the end of the day I couldn't find enough good in the painting to keep it. My husband said it was weird that the gal in the foreground was in shadow. But, call me stubborn, I had to try again. I like this one a lot more. That's not to say it wasn't hard as heck! These faces are not only tiny, the values are super duper subtle.
Here is the fourth direction, headed into the city from Embarcadero, in San Francisco, towards the financial district. What business do you suppose these two had there? The man reminds of my grandpa, but he was taller than this. The woman could never be my grandma because she's a much snazzier dresser than this!
As promised, here is a scene at Embarcadero in San Francisco, facing the bay. Normally, with people this small I would paint them on a larger panel. But I decided to see how much of their gestures I could capture, with just a few strokes. I am especially proud of their faces - it's really really tough to get faces to read right when they're this teeny tiny.
I laughed pretty hard when I came up with the title for this one, because it is just SO perfect.
I was going through my photos from San Francisco today, trying to decide how I wanted to dedicate my painting time (AKA, my limited, not resting my back time). I realized I had quite a few from a morning wander around Embarcadero. When I walked in one direction, I got the dramatic back-lit effect (ex., yesterday's painting), and when I turned around, I got the in their face, front-lit effect (see above).
Next I will paint one aimed towards the water (if these folks above looked left), and then another heading into the financial district. That will hit every direction, and somehow that feels complete.
My back was better enough today to manage one painting - yay! I'll take any improvement. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and suggestions. Once my back is well enough, I have a plan for how I'm going to (hopefully) keep this from happening again. : )
Meanwhile, I spotted these two walking along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, rimmed by the morning sun.
This one looks better in person, I swear. Unfortunately with these darker paintings, the darks tend to dry a little chalky, and then it's quite hard to get a good image of it. The varnish I put on before I ship it takes care of all that - not to worry.
I haven't posted (or painted) the past few days because I'm having an issue with my back. I went to the doctor and she gave me the "as we get older" talk, which ... I guess I am now officially old enough to hear. I'm trying to "take it easy," which is NOT easy for me. I'm not one for sitting around. But I'm hoping if I do enough of it, I will head off this problem and avoid it going forward. Wishful thinking? Maybe.
Meanwhile, here is another of my abstract collages. This one is called "King of the Hill". The piece is 6x6in. - outer dimension of frame is 13x13in. Click Here to Bid
I'm enamored with these busy market scenes, with their patches and light and shadow, and bits of color like candy. This gal was enamored too, though I think overwhelmed might better describe her. She wasn't sure which way to go.
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