I have today been sorting out the chaos that is/was my studio. In one drawer was an empty carrier bag which I nearly threw away, but first glanced in to find the ‘original’ of the first artistic Pen & Ink drawing I ever did.
I'm really enjoying the freedom of landscape painting: no need for 'deadly accuracy'. I'm used to spending over a hundred hours of exactness on my larger Pen & Ink. Also portraiture calls for exact likeness.
Although the train calls for Pen & Ink accuracy, it's not too demanding.
aide-mémoire: The canvas is 70 x 50 cms (27.5 x 20 inches approx)
I have never painted landscapes before but focused mostly on portraits and still life.
|Durango & Silverton Railroad, Colorado|
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
(27 x 20 inches)
What a battle, that smoke and steam have given me....
At last this painting is finished, it's about 70% of where I was trying to get to. The strange lighting in the reference photograph works because we know it is a photograph. Trying to replicate it on a large canvas, with my limited abilities, moved from too bright to too dark via a canvas of mud.
To finish it off I've got flash reflection off the front of the engine - makes it look much too light. I'm really going to take photography more seriously.
Having said all that, it has really got me back into painting: I could feel the brush beginning to take over instead of me pushing it stiffly about.
I feel I have moved a little closer to rehabilitation after a two year break.