“Edge of Town Sunrise” contemporary figurative painting.
When I started this painting, I painted quickly that night working from memory, but I decided to stop because I had no model or picture or anything to work from, and I didn’t want to ruin it. So it sat unfinished for months. Every time I looked at it was frustrating. The painting begged to be finished, but I was reluctant to touch it because I had nothing to look at, just memories, and I didn’t want to ruin it. Unfinished seemed better than wrong. Still it bothered me every time I looked at it sitting there half done.
Then I decided to risk it. I worked fast and loose, meaning that I tried to emphasize color and harmony of light (as best as I could with my limited understanding), and I didn’t worry too much about small details or fixing sloppy brushstrokes. Instead, I tried to look at the scene as a whole while painting and judged the success of a brushstroke in context of the whole.
I think that the painting is a success overall and I am excited about the coming months. This spring I will be photographing landscapes and painting outdoors. I think I have started to grasp the fundamentals of brushes, composition, how to blend paint, etc. I think my paintings this spring will be pleasing.