See the Journey of this Painting.
Well, I finally met up with our new Travelers Jim and Dar a while back to take a look at what they had and hear their memories of the trip.
I've known Jim for a long time as one of the best art directors in Chicago advertising, and Dar is a design shop all to herself. I expected to see some pretty great photos from their trip, and wasn't disappointed.
Both these folks, besides having a great eye have a keen sense of history. They've been avid Revolutionary war Re-en actors for years, traveling around the U.S. for shows and battles.
The Travelers Tale: One of Jim and Dar's many stories from this trip was about the color of their rental car. Jim said it was the most awful blue. Even for the 70's it was a disgusting color, and they had it for two weeks. Jim remembers trying to find lodging for the night and this old Scottish land lady coming out of her house to tell him how ugly that car was, and to move it for she didn't have to look at it.
Sketch: The hardest part to this painting was scanning the slide to get an image to work with. The slides are over 30 years old, and took a bit of work to pull some color out of them. Then I broken down the photo into simple line and shape. The design is a one point perpective design. Everything shooting back to single point.
Sketch on Canvas: I'm trying out a new roll of canvas on thid painting. I had some good luck a time back on this canvas in the stretched form. Using a mix of Burnt Umber and Cobalt Blue, I tone the canvas and drew in the sketch for the start.
Adding the darks and drawing in the window shapes.
Working in the structure of the painting.
Artists Tip: Painting Thick over Thin colors. Usually dark colors are painted thin and underneath high key thick colors. Lights really shine when put on thickly. Another reason for thick over thin is, if you don't the paint well crack at some point, because of the different drying time rates.
Putting in the buildings and the light sky.
Putting in the flower stand boxes.
The whole painting is pretty much blocked in.
Most of the buildings are done and only the people are left to be done.
Done, it feels like you need an umbrella I think.
By James Swanson / Travelers Jim & Dar
16" x 20" oil on Canvas
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