Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Sidestreet


16x16 oil on panel

Available at Tidewater Gallery next week.

Remember this study from a couple days ago? I am so thrilled with how the big version turned out. I started the same way. I set my timer for 30 mins. and massed in, sketched, scrubbed and placed as much as I could, covering most of the canvas. After a little break, I set the timer again and kept going the same way. The final touches took probably an hour also, but getting the bulk of the scene painted under the time constraint made me stay loose and work all over the canvas. I didn't get bogged down with defining all the details of the buildings or cars, but found that after I'd massed in, all that was needed were some highlights and a few other strokes to suggest form. The only thing I am not totally sure of is the tree shadow just in front of the figure. I think it needs some editing. Overall, a great day at the easel! (not so much in the rest of life... laptop died, spilled water on my debris-strewn studio floor, forgot to eat, min. schnauzer shaved, glued my fingers together...)

7 comments:

Anne Marie Propst said...

Robin, this post made me laugh out loud. Only another artist can understand the "forgetting to eat" issue. My husband sometimes talks to me while I am painting and I don't hear a single word. Guess we get in the zone.

This painting is just beautiful so its worth missing a meal.

Marian Fortunati said...

Sorry about the rest of the day, but I'd say this painting more than makes up for all of the rest!!

Mona said...

a great painting! I love how the light hits the rails, bike, etc., leading the eye forward from the central figure.

Carol Blackburn said...

Hi Robin, love these little "slice of life" paintings you do, too. So much going on within it.

Linda Popple said...

Beautiful! I love the look of the bright day.

Glued your fingers together? OUCH! Your painting more than made up for the rest of your day! :-)

Carol Horzempa said...

Robin, thanks for sharing how you set a timer, something I should do.

I love how you handled to iron rail, shadows and highlights. Great composition!

John Fraissinet said...

I really love this picture, Robin. There's a certain vibrancy, first from the street scene, but also from the colors.

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