Saturday, June 21, 2014

Still Life Redux

I've finished a few paintings over the last couple of weeks, but I'm going to write about this one first.

Do you remember this set up?  I think I began this back in February or March.  I thought it was going to be very easy to do, but as it turned out, this painting was just the opposite.

This was the original block in.  I worked on the painting for a few weeks, but it never really came together.  Add in models coming and going and flowers starting to appear at the markets and it got pushed to the sidelines for awhile.

I did work on it a bit in between other projects.  After I realized that the shape of my vase was wrong, things went a bit more smoothly, but there were still issues.  The most difficult: the white cloth.  If you look at the photo of the still life set up, the cloth was beautifully draped, but I just could not get those folds to look the way I wanted them to.  After several weeks of trying, I decided it was time to move the cloth so that it was easier to paint.  It was still a battle as the cloth looked like it was flowing as it hung off the shelf, but after many coats of paint I finally got it.

I was finally happy with the vase and the cloth, but I felt the painting was still missing something.  I decided to add another spray of leaves behind the orange slice on the right.  A still life should be set up as a triangle so the eye moves from one side of the painting to the other and I felt there was a bit of a gap on the right hand side.

This is the finished painting.  A long haul to be sure, but definitely worth it.  I'm very glad to have this painting done and I'm so happy I did not give up on it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NYC: Walking The High Line

Hello everyone.  I hope all of you are enjoying the warmer weather after our never ending winter.  Now that the temperature has reached bearable levels, I have been out and about in the city.  A few weeks ago I visited the High Line.

Have you guys been there?  It is an amazing public park built upon an old elevated freight rail line.  It starts at 14th street and ends up around 30th.  It is quite long, but there are benches and lounge chairs all over to stop and rest as well as a little food area with tables.

The views are amazing and the flowers and shrubs are beautiful.  I went in mid May and it was so nice to see all the greenery after our freezing, snowy winter.

The Empire State Building

Flowers planted within the old tracks

I was so happy to see all of this color after our never ending gray winter

I think this is my favorite shot of the day.  Such a peaceful setting.  

Judging from the number of tourists there, the High Line is popular with visitors and locals alike.  There are also special events and programs open the public.  You can check out the schedules here.  The park is now on the summer schedule, open from 7am to 11pm.  Do visit if you get the chance.  It is a lovely place right above the bustling city.