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An Impressionist Moment
|When I have blocked out the entire
composition on the canvas with my umber lines, I'm ready to paint with the full palette.
If I see people who fit in well with my composition, I will concentrate on painting them
first. This is because people move and I can always work on the inanimate objects later.
Another advantage of focusing right away on the people is that it gives the onlookers (who
were in abundance that sunny Thursday) something to look at. You could say I like to play
to the audience a little....
|Here the painting is starting to
take shape. I have moved my attention all around the canvas and I am beginning to see how
it will all lock together. Now I can relax a bit and focus on the details that bring life
to the painting. Also, it is now mid-afternoon and I need to establish a more specific
sense of light and time of day. I need to make sure the shadows are all facing the same
direction, and I begin to add little glints of light to make the sunlight sparkle. I
examine again the patterns I've created -- how the colors are distributed around the
canvas and the overall pattern of darks and lights.
|Here is the finished painting! It
is a busy scene, but I've left the foreground open and spacious for balance, with strong
light and shadows. It was a hot summer day in New York and luckily the spot I chose to
paint from was under a canopy and I was in its shadow all day.
Here I am out
of the shadows and being
photographed with the sponsors of the art contest
as I am accepting my 1st prize checks!
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