Sunday, July 11, 2010

"North Ave and Eastman" Oil, 12" x 16" 6/2010

    I worked this painting outdoors for five days in downtown Cranford. This is the piece that I was working on when interviewed for the Cranford Patch article. I found the light especially interesting as well as the various shapes of the buildings and storefronts.

"North Ave and Eastman"  oil. 12" x 16"    Sold

    I wanted to keep the scene somewhat simple and quiet. There was a lot of interest in the painting by area store owners and passerbyes after my first day of painting. The first day I worked it as an underpainting which may be the reason.

    I wanted to approach this painting not as a usual alla-prima plein-air painting but rather a carefully thought a piece much like my figure paintings done in the studio. It allowed me time to get the colors and values correct. I'd like to do more of these in addition to the quick plein-air paintings.