I just finished this commissioned piece. At first I really struggled. But, then I sat back regrouped and pressed on. My wife hates it when I run into road blocks. I really learned a lot during this painting and in the end I think it turned out well. I played around with a split complimentary color scheme and worked on just the "feeling" of the paint as I applied it. That might sound strange, but the consistency of the paint and how much medium to use makes a big difference.
I finished this over the weekend and sadly I had to put down our 16 year old lab, Twix. So, I think this is a fitting salute to her.
I was planning on painting a series of old Chevy trucks in a much larger size. I thought I would paint this first to see if I liked it and it was going to be a good idea. Well, I decided I think I will, I really enjoyed painting this.
Ahhhh, Door County, I love it up there! Yes, Last week I went up to Door County, Wisconsin to the annual Plein Air Festival. I rubbed shoulders with a lot of wonderful artists from around the country (well, at least met some). Such as, Gay Faulkenberry, Stacey Peterson, Brad Teare, and of course, my good friend Doug Braithwaite. I also, got totally inspired by watching many others paint. They make it look so easy. Doug and I hung out, cooked steaks at his trailer, laughed, got serious talking about "religion", lightened up, talked about art. It was a great time!
The first day I went over to Cana Island Lighthouse. When I got there, no one was around. I had the whole place to myself. I set up and started painting.
After awhile people started showing up and a nice couple, Jon and Patti Anderson. They both came over and watched me paint and we chatted. They said the guy in the lighthouse mentioned I was over painting "where all the snakes are, ...fox and garter snacks ...big ones"! Well, to say the least, it was a little hard to concentrate after hearing that. I hate snakes! But, I managed to paint this!
The great part is, later that day I received an email from Jon and Patti saying they wanted to purchase the painting. I love it when that happens. Thanks Jon and Patti!!
I had a great few days!! Here are a few more pics.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to post this painting. I'm just not sure what I think about it. I have been playing around with different surfaces to paint on and broader brush strokes. I landed on gessoed canvas mounted on MDF board. I like surface as it doesn't take the other paint strokes off when painting wet on wet. I'm so fickle about my paintings.
This is a scene from Huntsville, Utah. I'm standing on the beach at Pineview reservour. It was a beautiful sunny spring day. There was a little snow lingering in the mountains. This grouping of poplar trees caught my eye.
While I was in Utah I got up early one morning and caught the sun coming over the mountains and shining on this great house. As I was packing up to go a really nice lady stopped me and asked if she could buy my painting. I hadn't finished it, at the time. We exchanged information, and I told her I'd contact her. I hope she likes it!