Saturday, April 19, 2008

Disgruntled Tuscan Painting Practice

Its been lovely here in my neighborhood lately and I've been focusing on painting images from the suburbs. Suddenly, after a year of waiting for my next teaching trip to Italy, the time is almost here. I thought I'd better start thinking in old Etruscan and Roman colors and textures, so I got out some photos to practice painting Tuscany. Yellow ochre mixes really well with cerulean blue and either permanent rose or Winsor violet to make stone colors.

At first I was disgruntled with the results of the practice painting, but went on to paint a larger version. I was disgruntled(I love this word) with the second version as well and went off to walk on the treadmill. On the treadmill I read the cover article from the new Daniel Smith art supply catalog. The article said the cover artist painted close to 8 versions of his painting until he was satisfied. So that means I may have 6 more versions to paint before I am ungruntled..... What do you think?

1 comment:

Deirdra Doan said...

I really like it...feels like I am there. The woman is cute. If you do it again.... I want to see the woman closer to the center of the arch. I think she is so fun on her way shopping.