Thursday, February 24, 2011

Painting on the Square

The Painting - I finished this one in about 2 hours en plein aire on the Square last Saturday afternoon in Waxahachie. I'm finally figuring out how to say more by painting less. The windows here are mostly just wild strokes of a fat brush rather than my usual struggle to make them look perfect. I like the sky on this. I always start with the sky.

Tip - speaking of sky - it's difficult, if not impossible, to rework a sky in watercolor and is best left to the unprofessionals. I put in a light yellow wet in wet wash - let it dry - and threw on the blue.

People I met - a man pulled up in his car and asked me if I do paintings. He told me his brother had recently died and he wanted a giant portrait done from a photo for his mom. I always feel kind of bad saying no but there's just too much pressure involved in commissioned pieces. Especially if they are for surviving loved ones.

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