May 22, 2014
Today I went back into the painting to work out some of the angles -- the perspective in this painting is fun, and the intense light from the top of the escalator really pulls you up there. The black paint is going to benefit from the evening effect of varnish once it's dry.
May 17, 2014
May 13, 2014
I intended to paint the lily pond at Tregaron today, but there was construction adjacent to the garden and it was far from the peaceful spot I loved painting at last year. The neighborhood nearby, Cleveland Park, is filled with huge historic Queen Anne style houses with big porches and charming gardens. I took a lot of pictures of the houses and finally found one in sunlight that I could paint from a shady spot. I had about an hour to play around with it. The round turret and porch were really fun to paint; not so much fun to paint the rest of the house. Oddly, the windows are spaced differently in the two rear parts of the house and it looked strange to paint them that way. After painting it outside looking at the house, I worked a bit more on this in the studio.
May 1, 2014
During the torrential downpour outside, I worked in the studio on a peaceful garden painting. The NYC garden off Washington Square park is blooming with tulips and there's two trees that twist like a double helix or maybe the arms of a dancer. The twist in the trees has led me to paint the setting with some motion.
|this is what it looked like as I was working on it|