From sketch to paintingPosted: May 28, 2014
With cold and grey weather outside I thought it might be a good idea to catch up on some indoor stuff. I started by doing a long overdue cleanup of my studio and then moved on to a project that has been on my to-do list for some time. Last year I did a sketch of Ken (see below), the owner of the Rockport Lobster Pool, waiting outside his shop for a shipment of fish to come in. The colour scheme was influenced in great part by the yellow lobster traps and the colour of his apron, and it was created as a practice for my workshop at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Barcelona. I showed the sketch to Ken before I travelled home, but couldn’t leave it with him since it was in one of my sketchbooks. I left Rockport with a promise to return in 2014, painting in hand.
Here’s the final painting. I used the same triad of colours as I did in the sketch (Azo yellow, Alizarin Crimson and French Ultramarine) and tried to keep yellow as the dominant colour. I also wanted to maintain the strong pattern of repeating shapes (triangles, squares) contrasted with the strong verticals of the utility poles. This was painted wet-in-wet on a sheet of Saunders Waterford CP, 260 lb, 10″ x 12″.