|The Orange VW - 12x12"|
pastel on black cardstock
I have no idea, but when I saw her sitting there, in all of her saucy orange glory, I realized she needed to be painted. Unfortunately, shortly after I had this artistic revelation, and came back outside to scout for the best painting location, a red SUV had parked right in front of her - oh, bother! I subsequently became preoccupied with painting her. Yesterday was taken up with a longish hike/trail run in the mountains which wiped me out too much to paint.
This morning, as luck would have it, the SUV was gone. I walked into the grassy median and painted from there. I had her all to myself for about 2 1/2 hrs. while I painted. I also discovered it's not a good idea to paint outside in flip-flops - I have a painful v-shaped sunburn on the top of my right foot.
Anyway, as always, painting man-made objects with two-point perspective challenges one's drawing skills, especially on location. So, she has some "issues", but was nonetheless fun to paint. I may have to revisit her as a subject in the future, maybe in oils.
Today aside, I haven't had the motivation to get outside and paint since we got back from our trip. Overcast skies for a few days was a contributing factor, and I was not inspired to deal with more green and was just in a lull as to what I should paint.
For inspiration, I pulled out my Wolf Khan Pastels, a cherished part of my book collection for 12 years. I love his work, and his bold, expressionist use of color. I struggle with color most of the time; I find it hard to break free from the grip of local color, especially as a plein air painter. I had been enjoying the entries on last weeks' DailyPaintworks challenge to use a pair of compliments in a painting, so this seemed like a good time to play with color in a studio piece, fueled in part by Mr. Khan.
There was a trimming of cardstock laying on the table, so I grabbed it and went through my photos until I found one that worked well with that aspect ratio.
|Road and Yellow Sky - 3x12"|