Friday, April 29, 2011

Hooded Alex

Posting has taken a back burner while I am getting ready to show about 20 of my works for the month of June plus I have been painting everyday to get some paintings for the Norton Gallery. The whole gallery is getting a make-over and I have three new paintings for Phil to consider and plan to do a few more in the next few weeks. The weather is warming up but it is still windy. Alex was good enough to pose by the ocean on a bench. It was nice that the sky was grey behind her yet the sun was shining down on us keeping us warm. This is a quick 40 min oil sketch. There are no real details but it is very Alex to me. I keep remembering my teachers saying, "Too human too quick" and so I ignore the features and try to get the basic colors in the right positions and it does end up looking like her. Zoom in and see what I mean. There is not much to her face at all. This is an 8 x 10" and I am using an Italian metal easel and one messenger bag to hold everything. This system is so efficient that I only need half an hour or 45 mins to do a quick oil study. It makes it so easy to paint anywhere. I plan on teaching the basics of outdoor painting this summer. This will be a lot of fun.