Thursday, July 14, 2016
Shig's Way, 12x16
A few posts ago....
....I shared with you about Shig's Place, home of an old Bainbridge Island family of Japanese origin. Some asked me to post more paintings from there. As long as some developer doesn't raze it to the ground I will get back there next month and see what I'll find....but there is this one.
This old stair and porch is hidden behind overgrown shrubbery. When I saw it and while painting it, all I could think about was all the feet that had used the porch. Generations of kids chased up and down those treads while adults were having strawberry shortcake, coffee and good times with friends (it was a strawberry farm after all).
The most difficult part of making this painting work were the color choices... (and waving away mosquitos). The colors seem obvious now that it is finished but at the time not so. I would have thought that drawing the stair would have been the issue but that just sort of 'happened'.
After almost every painting I find myself wishing that I had done it larger.....'larger' being any board or canvas that is bigger than what I've just done. If this had been a 30x40 I would have wished for a 36x48. Perhaps it's about trying to capture the impact and energy of things always bigger than what I can do, no matter the subject.
Maybe I'll go back with a larger canvas anyway.
Thanks for looking. Back soonish.