|Done in just an hour, this painting was an exhilarating challenge!|
It was both exhilarating and terrifying as you have to decide on the fly what to keep in and what to lose and what colour values to lay down! I don't usually find automobiles inspiring but loved this little Mini Cooper and it's like drawing/painting anything else - you have to pay attention, find relationships between components and most importantly, putting down the right colour values!
After a frenetic hour it was done! I did have to stop two-thirds of the way through to clean the over 25 brushes that I employed. You have to have clean brushes to put down those values accurately. But then I was back at it for the remaining 20 minutes. That hour just FLIES by.
|Mini-Coopers are unbelievably cute. I imagined this one|
going feral into the countryside without it's owner, free at last!
Here is the original reference photo cropped to compose a well-balanced and strong composition. Notice the house in the upper left corner acting as a counter-balance to the Mini. With the dynamic lines of the road, roadside grass cute lines and fence poles there is a lot of action in this image with the rolling curve of the green hills and rounded edges of the trees to again, achieve a counter balance. The first step to a successful image is to make sure the composition is strong and the subject matter captivating and I think this little dittie does just that. From a strong composition comes a strong painting.