Thursday, October 13, 2011
Working Stiff, 8x10
Bob handed me a bit of something and said 'Try this' . It was beef jerky and, while I don't usually eat red meat, after that bite I was off to find the source, Carek's Meat Market, on a very side street of Roslyn. I made it there but only after I saw and painted this old working truck sitting in the grass.
I was across the mountains as 'general manager' for the Bitterroot Workshops (general managers have a broad job description), but spent most of the time painting. Deciding before I got over there that I was going to approach landscape the same way I've been painting figure and portrait, none of the eleven paintings I came back with was pre-drawn in any way.
Most artists do at least a minimal sketch on the canvas before applying paint but I've found that my other work was more accurate and much livelier when I eliminated the drawing stage. Doesn't seem right but it works. I'll be posting several of the paintings from the last six days of work and you can be the judge. I rather like the results.
Oh. Carek's Meat Market, even if you don't buy anything, is worth the adventure.....and stop by the Brick for a beer while you are there.