Sunday, July 03, 2011

Painting in my wonderful Atelier -

The Tuba Player
40" x 32"
(1 meter x 80 cm)

Now, it's not set in stone ... BUT ... if I work very hard and create paintings that I'm proud of, I just might have another exhibition in Schwaebisch Gmuend before I depart. It won't be like the last one with dozens of 'music' paintings, catered by the Fuggerei, musicians (pianist, violinist, four trombonists, flamenco guitarists), wine, dignitaries, speeches, dinner etc ... but, maybe a nice smaller exhibition of the paintings that I create here in Schwaebisch Gmuend.

Soooo ... for me, sometimes painting doesn't come easy -- it's that blank canvas ... WHERE do I begin, WHAT to paint, etc -. If I'm painting a 'series' which I enjoy - for example the cocktail series, the animal chefs, the music series, the Antibes series ... then yes, I can be focused and, I believe, successful. BUT, it's more difficult for me to just paint still lifes or landscapes ... without being in a group. I do it because it's my job, but I can get 'on a roll' when I do a collection.
So I thought ... maybe I will do paintings of the parades.

I don't know if the other artists of Schwaebisch Gmuend have painted the parades ... I would think someone HAD to because it's been around for many, many, many years !! But, I haven't seen any yet ... so I thought, ok, maybe that's what I would like to do.

I will share my first painting with YOU !! As you can see, I'm going for the 'fun' aspect. This painting measures 1 meter high (approx. 40" high by 32" wide). It may or may not be finished. I didn't want to paint the whole painting with color ... and I like the combination of painting and drawing ... maybe it makes it more exciting ... but, I do welcome your thoughts on the matter.

I have many reference photos to pull from AND there is that last parade on Saturday - the 80's - so, I will be very busy in my little wonderful atelier ... skylights, music (2 thousand songs on my iPod), maybe a glass of wine or two, a little fromage, a pretzel, my photos ... and I'm set.

If you happen to be in Schwaebisch Gmuend and read this, why not stop by to say 'guten tag' !!

The Tuba Player (detail)
40" x 32"
(1 meter x 80 cm)


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