I have not painted in more than a week, and it has been even longer since I posted on this blog.
Anyway, I got up this morning, drank some coffee, went to the grocery store, made the best breakfast in the world and loaded the crock-pot with a roast and veggies. Then I sat down to work on a couple of commission pieces, and... nothing.
I just couldn't do it. So I spent some time organizing my laptop files. As I dragged things to new folders, I came upon this photo that I took about ten years ago at a sidewalk cafe in Paris. Note that it is blurred partly due to the movement of the objects in the picture frame, and partly because my camera was slightly damaged in transit...
Now I admit that I have already painted portions of this scene a couple of times. The first painting below is an impressionistic version in acrylic, which embraces the existing blur.
The middle image is one I painted this morning. My goal was to break the colored planes down into simpler shapes while still retaining a sense of movement. The third was my work from this afternoon. In this piece I attempted to rotate the scene and approach it from the subject's back as she walked down the sidewalk.
I will close today with this: