October 13, 2014
Collectivo; Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Collectivo; Oil on Canvas Panel 9″ x 12″

Paining on Thursday in Shorewood was an interesting day. The day was overcast. Much of my work benefits from the play of strong shadows. The paintings created Thursday morning and afternoon were okay, but  not “competition” worthy.

Thursday also included an event for the evening. The committee sponsored a quick paint event. We had the luxury of four hours to paint a scene along the main commercial strips of town. I settled on the establishment called Collectivo.

This one was a struggle from the start. I had prepped the canvas with a coat of Gesso and a touch of Plaster of Paris.  The idea was to create a canvas that was not slick. Unfortunately I utilized too much Plaster of Paris. This surface was sucking up all my paint too quickly.  I also made the mistake of setting this work up to capture the evening lights from the establishment. About the time I finally had my image blocked in, I realized that my deadline would be up before the lights were in full array.  I needed to change my lighting strategy.

I made the necessary changes (still fighting with the canvas surface) and worked to refine the drawing.  While painting, I had the opportunity to visit with a lot of the locals. This strip was hoping. Again, the committee did a great job of getting word out to the community. Had a great, though tiring time painting. Should have included some figures to give the scene some life but ran out of time. Oh well.

After the painting was turned in, I found out that this bistro was started by the sons of my host family. My host family was interested in the painting. Since the work did not sell at Saturday evenings sale, I gave the painting to my host family as a thank you for their hospitality during my stay in Shorewood.

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