|The completed painting is at the top of the post.|
|My value scheme for the painting|
|Mid way through laying in the first layer of color|
|All light and shadow, warm and cool is established|
|After several days of refining the details the painting is complete|
Here I have just begun to apply color to my value sketch.
I have applied color to the entire image, trying to stay true to the values of the sketch I began with. I begin to establish the warm and cool tones and basic shapes created by light and shadow.
|3 Speed, 16x20 oil on panel|
When I was in 4th grade my parents agreed with me that it was time for me to get a bicycle. Walking to my Elementary School gave me lots of time to admire all the cool new stingrays that went by with banana seats and tall swooping handle bars. I couldn't wait to be the proud owner of one, and began to mull over which color to choose.
It was on the drive to the Schwinn bike store in a neighboring town that I had the chance to describe the bike of my dreams to my dad. He turned to me with a furrowed brow and said "I'm not going to buy you a silly circus bike! We are going to get a fine English 3 Speed that will serve you for decades!" I tried very hard not to let my face express the horror I felt. Not only was I not going to be getting the stingray of my dreams, I was going to have to ride the kind of bike that crotchety old men and that very opionated German widow rode around town.
I smiled wanly as we drove it home. Despite feeling like the wicked witch of the west peddling furiously around town, I defended my fine English 3 Speed fiercely when my friends made fun of it, and indeed it lasted for decades!
The first day I lay out the composition in light and dark values of Burnt Sienna
The foundation - a tone drawing done in Burnt Sienna.
The first several layers of color.
|The panel has been covered with a thin coat of|
Burnt Sienna and wiped smooth. Then I do a quick line
drawing to place the objects.
|Next, I wipe away areas of light and brush in more paint|
where I want areas of shadow.
This phase allows me to really think out the composition
and gives me the skeleton on which I will
build the painting.
|This is several sessions into adding color. At this point|
I tend to become so involved that I rarely remember to
stop and take photos. I begin with bright colors and
moderate them as I work toward the finished piece,
seen here at the top of the page.
|Value study, burnt sienna on panel|