Sunday, August 06, 2006
SUNDAY PLIEN AIR--BUSTER'S SHADE
A bigger picture here.
I had a hankering to get back out this weekend and paint again, and suince Echo worked a double this weekend I decided to try doing something around the house instead of going out to a park, etc. It was still a hot mother in the sun though much cooler than last weeks painting excursion in Brandywine park.
I walked about the house looking for a good composition, a subject and decided to do a shot on my front door and already the sun was creeping, so I planned my painting to catch the shadows and set them down quick. I raced out and set up getting ready in no time...like last week I blocked in fast then went in for the details. The drawing is a bit wonky, I was on a bit of an angle and I didn't want to spend a lot of time drafting stuff out or the day would be done. I also wanted it to feel organic and more like a sketch. The paint was drying fast today, getting tacky in the sun quick.
Then after I blocked in the big bush Buster came and sat down in the shade,PERFECT! Shazam was in the bush further away, but later came out and sat with Buster, I would have painted her in too, but it was too late. And she never sits in one place too long. They both sat outside in the front yard as I painted, but dogs don't always sit in one position long, and I had to knock in Buster quick before he changed his position. They are both cattle dogs or working dogs and like to sit where they have a good view of the entire street and anyone (especially a dog with their human) might happen by. I had plenty of cars driving past and neighbors stop by all who said "wow" or "Thats's cool", etc., including my pal Chuck who I had dinner with later. Kids came by, a cop stopped to watch me paint and a lady from the next block asked if I did commisions and wants a portrait painted of her little girl. I suppose most people don't ever see anyone painting around these parts or maybe have ever seen a person painting up close. I am pretty happy with the values but man, a long way to go... This is painting #3 since last year.
The painting is 12 x 9 and in oil.
Not sure what I will paint next week, or where....but paint I will!