a couple pc.s just finished for the upcoming show of new key west/middle keys stuff ive been working on for Gallery on Greene in KW. the opening is a week from tomorrow (saturday) on march 3rd. come by if youre in the area and check it out in person and say hi! ive got a few more days to tweak and frame, then deliver. then the pressure is off. then a different kind of stress takes over as everybody walks by looking at it rubbing their chins. i watch their faces for smiles. anything else signals disinterest (not good) or that theyre not feeling it. also the speed at which they leave is a good indicator. if they speed by and dont stand a minute to look at it that means it hasnt caught their interest. the composition and/or color could be too weak or its just a ho hum painting. as one painter i know says "we dont need any more mediocre paintings. there are plenty already" How true!
note: sorry for the glare on the nocturnal scene. most agree that its impossible to shoot a pic of dark paint without some glare on it.
my three man show at gallery on greene is in about a week so i'm slammed getting everything painted and framed in time. i was on the docks late last night painting night scenes and up early painting this morning, and all day, so no daily painting on the blog tonite.
here's john c. and i doing our thing on the streets of KW. the pic of the schooner is from our second painting. we had to hurry and sketch in the boat as it went past and we'll use the above photo reference to paint the boat better by. when you see my finished painting you'll see the photo has really darkened some shapes.especially the water. another good reason not to paint strictly from photos. i'm glad i got a chance to do the small color study so the colors and values will be accurate.
you cant see it but my shirt says "buy art". i couldnt have said it better myself! LOL
this is the wildly popular irish pub, i spoke of painting the other night.
my favorite part is that one streak of pinkish light coming down the inside of the left column. getting that the right color and value out in the darkness of night with just a little headlight to see by? my crowning achievement! you can tell the bar was very low indeed LOL
the other day i spent a whole day drawing quick gesture drawings from YouTube dancing videos. you just hit pause every few seconds and draw a one or two minute gesture drawing. get the feel of the gesture, no ears, toes, etc. since there's no time. after 7 or 8 hours i had done well over a hundred of them. sure felt that day kick in when it was time for life drawing this past tuesday. i felt like i knew the human form better and was then more accurate drawing it two dimensionally after all that practice.