See this Painting Journey from Start to Finish.
Ever have that deja vu feeling? Well, my next painting journey was something like that, I kept having this feeling that I painted this painting before. Strange?
We were friends in college -CCAD if you need to know- but lost touch after graduation. Like a lot of my old cums, after I have hooked myself into the network, I started reconnecting with friends. Traveler Linda being one of them.
Whidbey Island Map
Traveler Linda's Story: The Captain Whidbey Inn on a couple hours north of Seattle is pretty special because it is historic and because it is made from madrona logs.
This is the only madrona log building that I have every heard of, and it's pretty large, which is somewhat rare for old log structures.
Madrona is very dense, hardwood, and doesn't rot very fast which is why it's still around I guess. The dartboard is in the bar off the restaurant in the inn. I love that room with it's expansive view of Penn Cove, known for its mussels.
Love them too. I heard about this in while hanging out in nearby when I was staying in a beach house on the other side of the island.
This is a great place to escape to since the island is close to Seattle, and the historic aspects of the inn are like a time warp.
It's like you are the visitor to the inn one hundred years ago!
Good professional paint does make a huge difference in painting. Professional paint is stronger in pigment and in tinting. The money you saved on the cheap paint will be lost when you use half the tube to get the right strenght of hue. Not to speak about the time waste either! Good materials will take one worry away from what you are doing, so you can concentrate at what is at hand.
Adding in the Darks first. Like pretty much all my paintings, the darks are the first things painted in. This will help me keep control of the many dart board segments.
Bringing in the door color to get the right color contrast.
Painting is blocked in. Time to start making adjustments in the drawing and the colors.
Working on the numbers. Getting the numbers to work right with this painting took a little doing. Here the painting is getting close, but something was missing, and the painting had no flow to it.
Final adjustments have been made and piece of the red sign has been added. I played with the painting in photoshop to figure out what was needed in this painting. The sign helps lead the viewer into the painting and up around the board.
Details from the Captain's Game
Finished and Framed
"The Captains Game"
by James Swanson & Traveler Linda
18"x 14"Oil on Linen
All righty then, I'm going to be moving along to meet up with a couple of new travelers from the UK. Until next time, keep those brushes clean and your wrist loose.