While still not complete, the Gunslinger is getting closer by the hour – so far, I think about 60 hours of painting time have elapsed, with another 6 to 8 just studying shadowing and fabric folds….blah blah blah….I don’t supposed anyone would comment?
This is a large piece for me, being 24″ by 30″. I began this oil on canvas about six days ago, working daily and feel like it’s still very rough. I’ll get there….posting stages of work allows me to view certain aspects “from a distance.”
I’ve come to realize that traveling around the states is so inspirational….last week I was in Virginia City Nevada, knee deep in the gold rush experience. I couldn’t wait to get home to get this started and wanted to share.
Anxious to begin another painting, I’m foregoing any kind of artist’s statement today…although, I might change my mind—-it just seems to be apparent to me that it is a narrative that leaves much to the imagination. I wish my lighting was better for documentation purposes…
Faced with the dilemma of beautiful weather, with the garden calling, and a canvas that was beckoning me with conditions that prevent me from smearing my hand across wet oil….I chose both! I worked on the water’s surface, the reflective aqua over sap green and Payne’s grey…it added another layer of depth between the viewer and the hull of the boat.
The mystery continues as this man is now dressed in a trench coat, collared shirt and tie…who is he? What is he doing on a shrimp boat?
If I were painting this is acrylic, I think I would be done by now….waiting for oils to dry (before I put my hand in wet paint…again). I’ve roughed this in, wanting to capture the blessing of the shrimping fleet this April in Pass Christian, Mississippi…but not wanting to paint the rigging and thousands of flags! I chose to focus on the contrast of colors and add some mystery….what just went over the side?
I am of the mind that a good visual image needs some mystique, something beyond composition and technical prowess….then again, I don’t like to make things too easy…ponder the question, what is under that cloth, and why is it glowing?