Painted yesterday at a marina in Titusville with Don Sondag. He and I are in a show in August along with Steve Bach and I need to get a lot of work done for it. I’m behind as always…. happy to have work but a day off would be nice, but who needs a day off when you do what you love? Anyway, it was hotter than Mercury in June which made for a long morning. I’m doing all 30×30’s for this show and all painted on site, that’s my theme and I’m sticking to it. I was really hoping for some kind of boats in the water thing and found a lot of potential stuff but if I am committing a big canvas, I need to be more certain of the direction. I drove around a lot and walked around a lot and hemmed and hawwed and finally around 9 came to this thing and decided to paint it.
A larger scale is a bit of a challenge especially if you are trying to get the whole thing nailed down without having to come back. I picked something with big simple shapes that I could pretty much fill in on site and finish if need be at the studio from memory. I used a viewer with a grid this time to help make sure I didn’t get too far off in any direction with the placement of things. It’s pretty easy to get the scale of things off if you aren’t measuring all the parts in some way. I worked this one the way I do most, big key lines and shapes, mass in the big shapes and get all the relationships established before noodling the colors and values and such. This was about 4 grueling hot hours on site and an hour in the studio correcting some drawing problems and adjusting values and color saturations.