Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dia de Los Muertos Show at Screaming Sky Gallery

This is a pretty accurate color representation
Detailed view taken  natural light,
This is the painting I did for the Screaming Sky Gallery  Dia de los Muertos group show that runs thru October 23rd.  In my rush to get it framed, I never really got a great picture of it.   I was struggling to compose a piece that showed dimension and space.  Everything was looking flat and forced.  Then I called my daughter Adrianne and asked her to pose for me.  Her professional modeling background was a huge advantage, and I had what I needed within an hour.  I pretty much started without a sketch, and the painting took off.  Towards the end I was a little apprehensive about adding the ground and the trees on the lower left.  At that point the painting was looking very good, and I had to take a chance that the last two elements would work.  The ground did not work well at first, so I had to pull some paint back out and change the shape of the "hole".  After several layers of color and some texture, the piece was finished.  Screaming Sky Gallery is  showing the painting thru October 23rd. I have a lot of people to thank, including both my daughters, Grace and Adrianne, and my wife Lecia, who put up with my "moods" towards the deadline.  Since this is my first piece in Gallery I was in uncharted waters.  It should be easier next time around.

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