A stone house with many skylights, it has a unique appeal. However, it is hard to make a painting of just one house and keep it interesting. I pulled in a few other structures on the both sides to keep the space more dynamic and interactive. Most of the surrounding colors are subtle and toned down, but there are a few spots of primary colors to keep it lively. This is still work in progress.
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It has been a long time, at least a few years since I have tried painting a still life. This painting is in a very beginning stage and I hope to complete it before the flower wither away.
With a chance of snow on Saturday, it was cold and dark. The painting surrounding evolved to the darkness theme but the glimpse of light remained.
In winter, outdoor painting is limited to painting from inside a car. I made a little more progress on this painting from Black Friday. As the day progress, around 2:30 pm the almost the whole building is covered with shadows of other tall buildings. A sliver of light at the edge of the buildings and surrounding large portion of dark shadows made the contrast very interesting. I would like to capture that darkness but may be in a next painting.
Smaller Works and Other Offerings
Annual group member exhibition
Galatea Fine Arts
December 4-29, 2013
Reception: Friday December 6, 6-8 PM
460B Harrison Ave., #B-6
Boston, MA 02118
Attleboro Art Museum
Members’ Exhibition 2013
December 14, 2013 – January 31, 2014.
Opening Awards Reception: Sat, December 14, 2-4pm
86 Park Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Sinking ship, one of my favorite subject is no longer on site. However, a small fishing boat named “Lual” docked near a shipyard caught my attention. After keeping an eye on it for a few months to make sure that the boat is not there only temporarily, I started to draw it yesterday for the first time. Although Lual is a small boat, it has many interesting lines and shapes I look for in my subjects. I was happy with how the drawing turned out. The painting is in its beginning stage. It will require a few more trips during this cold weather.
I enjoy working from observation. Painting from observation is not about depicting what’s in front of you. It is about constructing your own world; through keen observation, your imagination and interpretation of what inspires you. All the visual elements are in front of you, around you; lines, shapes, colors, relations; waiting for you to piece it together, like a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes you are lucky, every piece is already in place. Most often than not, you will need to tweak it, move it, remove it, to make it work in your world.
Painting on site brings another level of excitement; you are a part of the world in which you are observing and painting. Then you are also challenged by the light and time. Every change passes by you; the light, the wind, the smell, the sound, the crowd. It is exciting and dynamic; every little change is a motivation to keep going. You will never be bored.
It is hard to scrape off your painting and start over. When the painting is not working despite all your best efforts, starting over may be the only solution.
a dream begins
up and up and up
round and round
down and down and down
round and round