12'x36" on canvas
I was working on an advertising project and needed reference on what a beech tree looked like. I did a search for images and came a cross this beautiful landscape shot. I loved the color and lighting and knew it would make a great painting.
This picture was in a web magazine Coastsider
And it was shot by Traveler Barry near Half Moon Bay CA
So I looked up who shot the photo to find out more about it. It was kind of strange to contact a perfect stranger, but what the heck making new friends is what this project is about.
Barry was out visiting some land that he was doing a story on and took a few shots for his story. Traveler Barry was kind enough to send me the photos he had taken that day. The pictures he sent were all just wonderful and I could see them all turned into paintings.
Barry also had this comment when I asked to paint his photo,"Sure. BTW, that plot of land is still at the center of much controversy. I'd also love to see it painted as a scenic because on of the local yahoos declared it to be an eyesore."
One man's junk is another man's treasure, and this proves it. Thanks Barry for your time and photos, it's always nice to meet a new friend.
Beachwood Aged Painting: When I first saw the images Traveler Barry had sent me my jaw dropped. I was hoping for just a little more clarity about the spot I wanted to paint and got enough beautiful images for a whole series of paintings.
Blocked-in. I'm trying a type of canvas that I never painted on before. It's really kind of slick. My brush strokes are acting a little funny not grabbing and taking hold of the canvas. I found thicker paint helps the strokes.
End of Day 1- I think I'm done or almost done. I like what I see; the long format works well with this image. Day 2: Wow I came in this morning and the painting was lying on the ground face up. Some how it fell off the easel. Weird. But the good thing is it must have done a full gainer to land right side up. That's good because still like what I see. With just a few adjustments in color and brush strokes it's done.