I've been wanting to get back to painting some of my bike path theme again. Last October I spent a couple of hours in city park photographing the light through the trees and passers by on bicycle and foot. Of course it was all a rather undercover affair, didn't want anyone thinking I was photographing them...but it's quite easy these days, with camera phones. Half the time the people that you might be photographing are themselves absorbed in their own media devices, like the number of people I observed that day walking through the park oblivious to nature around them. I've been thinking about these resource photos over the past few months, but couldn't decide on exactly how to get started.
Fairfield Porter - The Dog at the Door
This week I've spent some idle hours enjoying the works of Fairfield Porter(American artist 1907-1975). I love the simple treatment of shapes in his work, and his uncanny ability to capture the colour of light and shade in these simple shapes. His landscapes, figures and still life all share a peaceful quality among the interesting compositions. I think it was looking at his work that inspired me this morning to make a start on a new painting.