I worked on this painting several times. After the first pass, it was nearer the image on the right, but I felt that the shadow side was not dark enough so I did a glaze over the left side buildings. Then it all seemed too magenta and green - and both colors were on the acidic side. The people all seemed too separate, too contrived.
I had seen a painting by Jim Beckner (or was it Kevin Weckbach? - both exceptionally talented artists) and it had stuck with me. My piece was just so average, so segmented, and the colors were way off. So I loaded my brush with lots of blues and scrubbed out the figures and the side - connecting them through the shadows. I pulled my brush through various cools on my palette and scrubbed those over the blues. I painted over the tree and connected those colors and I painted OUTSIDE THE LINES! A dab here, a stroke there. I had fun! So much fun. That was an eye opening experience and it made me want to revisit more work and get more loose and playful.
I'm always saying I want to loosen up - yet I fail so often. I get stuck in that rendering mode. Its the graphic design background - the design and color blocks and neatness carrying over. I need to break those barriers more often.
We had a wonderful time traveling in the UK earlier this summer. We were in London and took a train to Edinburgh and then back to Winchester. It was a lot to try to see in 10 days! The weeks leading up to our trip were incredibly busy too as we finished middle school and dance and had recital and I planned our trip. The pace is much slower now especially as we are hitting some of the hottest days now. I've been back at the easel painting some city scenes from abroad and am planning a painting trip with V....Vaughan to paint at the Texas coast. I'll be back to sharing some art work here soon - but for now, enjoy some photos from our trip!
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