Thursday, June 05, 2008

Frist Apartment at Tivoli: A New Painting

First Apartment at Tivoli

Acrylic on Canvas Board
11 x 14 inches

On the banks of the Hudson River, in the heart of Dutchess County, New York, lies the little Village of Tivoli. This is where my sister chose to make her home during the first year of her marriage. This painting depicts two of the earliest possessions of that marriage--a pair of blue lawn chairs.

I love painting objects that are overlooked in life, but beautiful when objectified. The most challenging parts of this painting were rendering the chair material transparent, and making all of the lines of the chair legs line up properly. I always fall in love with my paintings, and this one is no exception.

Here, for your enjoyment, the painting in all of its various stages:

Above: I've roughed in the basic shapes and colors. I like it already.

Above: Things are starting to look solid. The chair lying on its side is wrong, all wrong.

Above: Okay, now we are getting somewhere. The chairs are starting to look like they are the same size.

Above: Almost done, just a few tweaks left to make. Man, getting those chair legs to line up properly was a b****.

Above: Once again, the final painting.


St. Patrick's Holiday Craft Bazaar said...

I don't understand how you can make the chairs look translucent. WoW.

ajparis said...

I don't really understand it either, lol!

Lisa Allender said...

I do not know much about this "Process" in visual art(my background is in theatre/acting, and lately, writing). But I love the result!