The final color blocking is done and I’ve started the final detail work. This is where it starts to move pretty quick. Glazing and detailing really bring out the image. The next update should have it close to finished.
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:
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…
Cadmium Yellow takes eons to dry, its like a watching snails race in tar. Yes, I could add cobalt dryer but long term that can lead to cracking so I try not to do that.
Ages ago I posted a pic of a painting I was working on. Unfortunately, it met an untimely end… it got wet in my garage. I scrapped it and focused on another project at the time, finishing up our demolished bathroom that had been idle for the greater part of a year since the February 2011 freeze.
Anyway finish bathroom, Christmas, New Years, my birthday, all of February 2012 and a quick trip to Lubbock passed by. Well I’m back on track and just recently started a new painting:
It’s moving along pretty quick and I already have a couple of ideas stacked up behind it. I’m still photographing interesting/weird stuff that I come across and will continue to post those mini adventures as well. Finally I brought back from the dead my previous Blogger blog, the j10chronicles about my J-10 Jeep truck and moved it to a wordpress site, the NEW j10chronicles. Right now its just an archive of the previous site with a new theme. There is some activity going on with the truck that i’ll be updating soon.
Lots going on, stay classy El Paso!