|Ride to Work - oil on canvas 18 x 14"|
|original photo, and line sketch for painting|
I am a lazy painter. I do not love drawing. I love to paint. BUT, when there is a lot of architectural stuff I do need a guide before I get all excited and lay in the paint. I cheat. Yes! I use tracing paper and a sharpie, but I try and keep my copy looser than the actual photo. Basically I grab the main lines and do a quick value sketch.
I stained my canvas with a thin mix of vermilion. Up-scaling the line sketch with thin alizarin paint onto the canvas (ssshhh, dont tell anyone but I use a light box to do this, because as I said before, I'm impatient, I dont like wasting time drawing, somehow it kills my passion to get to the painting).
yay! almost painting... but first I'm going to choose my palette. I mostly choose lively high key pigments... two reasons, I want a light mood to my painting, and I want to play around with colours that I'm less familiar with so I feel like I'm learning something as I go. Learning = more fun!
Here they are: warm white, indian yellow, cad orange, violet, cobalt teal, cobalt blue, vandyke brown. I know, I know! wierd, eh? ha ha.
I begin to analyze the painting... Here, I felt it might be more interesting with the addition of some life. Like what, I hear you ask. Maybe a dog walker? Some birds? A pedestrian? I decide maybe a student on a bicycle...after all, this neighborhood is close to the university, and I'm into bicycles lately. ha ha.
This one is 18 x 14 inches on canvas.