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The Story of "Poolside"

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June 3rd

 

I started my next painting today - sort of. I decided to paint a 1" thumbnail of the painting first with a big brush. The actual painting itself will be 16" x 20". This exercise forced me into sheer values. Below is a magnified view of the literally thumb-sized sketch.

Next, I'll do the same thing but on a 3" scale. This is a good way to test colors and temperatures, I think. Then onto the big canvas.

It was a great day and a great weekend. Isn't life delicious?

 

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by Brett Rogers, 6/3/2007 11:32:24 PM
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Poolside

 

I painted the 3" version of the soon-to-be-painted 16" x 20" Poolside work I plan next.

Again, rough values, no small brushes or detail.

To give you an impression of the size of these, here are the two sketches I've done of this one next to a dime.

They're small. And fun, actually. I'm surprised by the satisfaction I get in painting these rough thumbnails of what is to be a larger work.

I learned with this sketch that lighter is better. The warm areas feel balanced to me. The cool of the blue, the warmth of the wooden fence in the background. The sunlight on the woman herself and in the palm fronds. You can't see it in these smaller versions, but she is eating up the sunshine in the peace found by a backyard pool. I hope to capture that in the larger work.

I'm satisfied with the palette I've chosen for this. Next step is to get over the chicken sensation I get before starting something new. Yep, starting a work always makes me jittery. But I ignore it, or it would never happen. I'm excited to see how it turns out.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 6/8/2007 12:34:42 AM
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Poolside - Diving In

 

I started on the next work tonight, the big version of "Poolside."

This was about halfway through our DVR of Dr. Phil.

And then this, just before watching Sean of the Dead with our son, Nick.

We'll see how it goes. I did more work on it later, but no pictures. I'll take one tomorrow.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 6/15/2007 1:22:12 AM
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Poolside, Father's Day

 

I went and bought me a 1" filbert brush (see right) the other day on a bike ride to Michael's, where I buy most of my non-paint supplies. They have a good selection and it's sufficient for my needs. (For what it's worth, I buy my Golden acrylic paint from Mister Art.)

I went onto the back deck today and set up shop and started working on the Poolside painting again.

I feel light and airy and I have no clue what I'm doing. But I am having fun, and that's more important than anything else.

ETC: A bit later, I have more of it done. Painting this large is a different style of painting and I'm having to adjust quite a bit, so it feels like I'm groping around in the dark.

Tamara made a wonderful steak with mashed potatoes, and so we all ate out by the swing in the backyard.

I love my family. I thank God every day for my wife and children.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 6/17/2007 5:32:00 PM
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Poolside - Palm Fronds

 

I continue my work on the Poolside painting, and I'm working more texture into the palm tree, as you can see on the right side.

I find that achieving adequate lighting indoors is tough for large paintings. It's better in sunlight. I hope to do lots of work on this painting outdoors tomorrow.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 6/24/2007 12:38:21 AM
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Poolside: Photo vs. Scanned

 

I finished my work on texture at the top of the painting, and I'm happier with the result. It's not so much that I didn't like the style of the other - I think I'll try that more some time - it's that the painting started having two different styles, and that didn't feel right to me.

As my son put it after seeing this draft, "That looks more like your other paintings. I liked the other one, but I like this one too."

So I decided to take this opportunity, with the painting about halfway done, to compare taking a photo of the work to scanning it in. Because it's a 16 x 20 painting, it takes four scans.

I then have to align the scans, which takes a bit of effort. But here's the result:

And compare that to a photo taken of it:

The photo is more washed out, more dilluted. So the lesson for me here is that unless the painting is simply too large to scan, scanning is worth the effort of assembling the quadrants into a coherent whole.

On to the pool and the woman... who happens to be my wife sitting poolside in her parent's backyard, but I'm going to attempt to make her more generic.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 6/24/2007 9:39:12 AM
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Poolside: 3/4 Done, Sizes and Lines

 

I've got a couple of problems I need to remedy. First, the head of the woman and her left shoulder are inordinately large. That shouldn't be a big deal, though is it is tricky now near the end to fix things such as that.

And the water's upper reflection line rings false as it rises toward the right of the painting. I need to make a second pass anyway on the side of the pool and do the necessary detail work, so that should clean it up.

I think two more sessions with this one and I'll have it done.

Things I've learned: I really like larger paintings and I very much like filbert brushes.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 6/24/2007 1:43:42 PM
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Poolside: Finished

 

And the video of the painting's progression.

 

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by Brett Rogers, 6/24/2007 6:03:25 PM
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