Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bellman at The Jane


18x14 oil on linen

Thanks mucho for all your kind comments yesterday. My hubby liked yesterday's painting too - though he thought the colors were not very harmonious. Someone hit the nail on the head with the comment that it might not have been what was in my head. Very true. So I can always paint it again and try to get that image! Unfortunately, it kept me up most of the night thinking about it.

I wasn't sure about this one either, it is a hard thing to tackle all these colors, textures, shiny surfaces, different light sources and temperatures, etc. But when I looked at it again this morning I saw only one area that needed a proper alignment. I like that it has a somewhat tilted composition, but still, things need to line up properly.

This is one of the bell men from The Jane Hotel in NYC. My friend and I stayed there during our recent trip (Tess was the woman in the painting yesterday btw.) The hotel is really great. Its very old, has an interesting history and some amazingly cool rooms - and very friendly staff. The bar was this big, ornate room with a huge fireplace, 12 foot long sofas, lots of comfy seating and really funky decorations. It must be on trend too - Tess got into NYC in the middle of the morning (3 a.m.) and people were lined up waiting to enter. Bless them. I was snug in my bed hours before. Claustrophobic more like, as we stayed in a bunk room that first night - about the size of my laundry room - something like 50 sq. ft. We upgraded to the bigger room first thing next morning. I recommend the bigger room.

5 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

This is so good! I admire how you made the reflections to show the shine of the wood. You really captured how the light would play in that hallway. Wonderful work!

Marian Fortunati said...

Robin... Amazing!!!

What a fabulous painting! How can you make something that is so ordinary, seem so attractive????

Geert-Jan said...

This is great again.

Marie Theron said...

Very effective and such lovely warm colours. I love the surface of the wood and the way the spectator feels drawn into that hallway to investigate what is behind the doors!

Art Collector's Corner said...

Nice work! strong composition.

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