Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just Having Fun

I haven't been painting much due to a shoulder injury that will just NOT go away - and it's my painting arm!
I'm getting impatient for sure.
I wanted to play around with some ideas, and this rather quick sketch (about 4 hours ) is really just sort of having fun.
I snapped this photo when some friends and I were working together hanging the Member's Show at Sharon Arts Gallery in downtown Peterborough. This was a couple of years ago.   Anyway, I always liked the photo
and thought it'd be interesting to paint.  One of the things I'm working on is to create more variation in paint application.  I've still got a long ways to go, but on this particular piece I aimed at keeping all the shadow areas really thin and transparent. I even left a few of them with just the initial wash.   I could certainly bring this to a much more refined finish, but I didn't really want to.  I'm afraid it would end up getting too tight and
overworked, so left it rather sketchy.

and, below are my two cats.  They are such comfort seekers. Murphy is the white lump, and Harley is the gray mass.  They are dedicated nappers.