City Scenes - Our Town and Other Places
Most parents remember these seemingly never ending questions: Why is the sky blue? Why do elephants have trunks? Why is the snow white? Why does it thunder? Why is that policeman pulling us over, Daddy? Why can't we go to McDonald's? Why do I have to go to school? Why can't I stick my finger in the light socket? Why can't I wear my camouflage cloths to church? Why can't I go home now?" The questions just keep coming. Sometimes we'd like to say, "Go stick your finger in a light socket".
My latest painting, "Grandpa, Why...?", 14"x 24", Oil on canvas, is a gentle reminder of those times when every question began with, "Why?"...and hopefully we always had a wise and gentle reply. I know I didn't.
The narrative for this painting actually developed during the process of painting it. I think it expands the work and enables the viewer to relate to the piece on several levels.
Below is the process followed in order to bring the painting to completion.
|Paint mixtures found in painting.|
|Canvas is toned with a mixture of ultramarine blue and burnt siena. Lightest areas are rubbed out with a paper towel. Accurate drawing begins using a soft brush and various mixtures of the above two colors.|
|Drawing and redrawing continues. Decided to add to the story line through the addition of the people.|
|Local color is applied in thin layers.|
|Grandpa, Why...? - 14"x 24" - Oil on canvas|
American Legacy Gallery in Kansas City, MO is hosting, "City Scenes - Our Town and Other Places", during the month of June. The show will highlight the work of several of the gallery artists. If you're in that area, I hope you'll make it a point to go by and see the show.
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