July 9, 2015

Coffee Shop Scene -updated

Thinking about a new painting for Quartermaine's, this is the start.

I was pretty happy with the start of this painting, but as I continued to work on it, I found that even the minimal level of detail I had created more trouble than a simpler approach.

Here's where the painting is now.  I've put color into the silhouettes and worked out arms and legs a bit more. I've eliminated the details from the yellow building. The street sign that in the center of the painting is now gone.  I may get rid of the train mural, which is the gray detail on the blue building. I'm not sure it adds interest, even if it does add the authenticity of being specific to the place.

July 7, 2015

Plein Air Sunflowers

I went to McKee-Beshers, where the sunflowers were in full glorious bloom today.   It was a hot day and photographers were out in force, with just a few of us hardy painters trying to stay in the shade while working.

It was great to be painting outside again!  I will bring this into the studio for some color correction tomorrow.