Maybe a few of you are wondering where the final installment is on the demo. It’s coming, I’ve been somewhat side tracked by a local paintout. Trying to get paintings done, juggling commissions and family, I’ve only gotten 4 done. But one thing I’ve learned with these things is that quality trumps quantity. My goal for this show (opens this saturday nite, the 2nd, at the Polasek Museum in Winter Park) is to do good work, and not just throw a ton of stuff at it. So I thought I’d put this one up. I figured a lot of people would be painting scenes of winter park and the gardens at the Polasek (which are stunning right now, by the way) so I thought I’d do something different. I usually seek out these kinds of places for paintings. This store on Park Ave called Antiques on the Avenue is a treasure trove, I have never seen so many quality antiques in one place. So many in fact that there’s nowhere to stand. I set up in one of two available places, a little 2’x3′ alcove by the front window. It gave me nice ambient light all day and allowed me to be the resident greeter too.
Most times I’m all about simplifying but this piece was about stuff and a lot of it. It was the assortment of lights that got me, the subtle shifts of color from one to the next against the darks in the foreground. It was also about pattern vs rest. There are two places in the painting that are intentionally devoid of stuff so that all that busy has something to play off of. I also posted a pic of the place so you can see what a camera cannot get. The midtones and shadows are good but the subtleties in the lights are washed out. Makes a good case for painting from life. By thw way, this painting is 16×20 and was a two tripper for a total of about 6 hours painting time.