I have always wondered how listening
to different kinds of music might affect painting styles?
I'm not sure how you would conduct a conclusive
experiment but I did enjoy "appropriate" tunes while tackling this piece.
I have missed my studio, the smell, the mess, the unfinished paintings all call to me. I have been on some fantastic adventures for sure, but I also longed for days with paints and canvas. To ease back into the swing of paint sling I began this 12 x 9 sketch of a musician practicing in his barn.
I liked the sepia tones of this beginning and decided to keep the colors very muted (shocking, I know) for a "quiet feel." I also began to think that this piece was mostly about the dog, faithful and attentive. I put on some bluegrass music and settled in to work.
An early viewer mentioned that she liked the lack of facial detail so I kept the guitar picker anonymous for the most part and worked harder on defining the gestures of man and beast. I have a tendency to get so wrapped up in the flow of painting that I work far longer than I intend to and produce way more detail than is necessary.
"A Dog & His Music"
12 x 9, oil
Done! The photograph was difficult to take as the glare did not allow me to capture the differing tones of light colors. But with the barn wood frame I can almost smell the hay on the ground...and I am certain that this sweet hearted canine is about to break out in song. And bluegrass was definitely appropriate as background music.
Muting the Colors,