Sunday, June 6, 2010
quick draw- cumberland center
about 11x8 pastel and watercolor on Uart
This is from yesterday's quick draw. Let me explain first what a quick draw is. The artists arrive at the prescribed location, this time it was a rectangle of streets downtown in Cumberland. They come early and stake out their turf. Each artist then has their canvas/paper/board stamped and gets ready for the whistle. At precising 10 am the work may begin..no earlier. At noon, precisely two hours later the whistle is blown again and all painting must cease. The artists and many onlookers gather. Prizes are awarded and hopefully sales will result.
Just a little bit of pressure, eh???? And then right before the start (5 minutes before) another artist plopped her easel down right in front of me, right in the middle of the foreground. I got over it...It helped that I had done the value study so I already had a plan. Things happen.
I did many sketches and then a value painting of my chosen spot before the whistle. They were completely separate from my finished painting. I know for me, in this very complex view I chose, it would be best to mass out the major shapes.
To begin the weather was misty so the light was diffuse. It changed later, but I stuck with it and resisted all the strong shadow shapes that came later. I was delighted to have sold this painting. I actually had two offers. Yay!