Saturday, June 21, 2008
New Painting: "Sunday Morning" small town series
After my last failed rural painting, I decided that I needed to paint what I'm familiar with, and what I like. No more fussing around with rural landscapes that don't "speak to me".
I've always been drawn to interesting architectural details, and the small city I live in has some beauties! Here is my new painting "Sunday Morning", featuring our great landmark: St. Joseph's Cathedral.
I have taken a lot of artistic license with this - I intentionally painted the side street buildings in the same hues as the street and sky, so that I could give this piece a bold punch of color for the cathedral. I've woven the hues together with touches of cadmium red on the lamp post sign, the flowers and the foreground figures.
The placement of the figures and the birds all draw the eye inward to the focal point.
I am sorry to say that this piece came together rather quickly, and I didn't take any work-in-progress" photos to share with you. But I will include a rather murky reference photo that I took a few nights ago (through my car windshield, while stopped to make a right turn!) to compose my initial sketch from: