I’m two days into a new painting and its coming along quick. It’s smaller than I’m used to working with, but the advantage here is speed.
Over the last few years, I have shot a ton of photos. Usually I try to work several together into my large collage style paintings. After browsing through my sets on Flickr, I kind of felt that many should be interesting little character sketches in their own right. I’m once again going to try something I don’t normally do, and work on these little pieces concurrently with my larger pieces.
Here we go off into uncharted territory, so I think it’s fitting that I start with a plane that was out at the War Eagles Museum.
Last year I had started a painting based on the Sunset Heights area of El Paso, focusing on the Sunset Grocery:
While working on it, I had to put it aside to work on getting our bathroom/bedroom project finished. I stored it in my garage and subsequently the canvas got damaged. I wasn’t very far along so it wasn’t a huge loss but I didn’t want to start from scratch on a new one using the same image. I tweaked the idea some and set out to have another go at it:
- Start, Stop, Destroy, Start again
The Sunset Grocery building has been photographed, drawn and painted by many others so its familiarity makes it difficult to come up with a fresh take on it I think this layout is unique and will make for a stronger image than my first attempt. We shall see…