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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

From Afar . . .


Am in Yosemite National Park, Painting. Yes, that is all I am doing here . . .and, believe it or not, I am actually fried . . .that is to say, tired!!! I have been working hard morning, noon and night. Up early and at the easel . . .then outdoors to the magnificence of this place and try to choose something to paint. The choices are actually easy . . .stand in one place . . .just about anywhere . . .and there are 10 to 100 paintings within mere paces.

But that is not what I am here to share. To close the loop from the last post, the linemen are finished after five (count em!) that is Five separate paintings until I deemed it finished. I was searching for something near perfection for this piece as I have ideas about putting it into a show soon. We'll see.

Try as I might, the photo seems a bit edgy, though the painting is much softer. I am not sure what to do about it, but will be paying attention to that next week when I return to my studio for more painting.

The title of the piece is "Pole Dance." Watercolor 18 x 24 inches

9 comments:

Sandeep Khedkar said...

very good! like it a lot.

Rajeev Mohan said...

Superb composition. Very nice painting.

Michael Bailey said...

Mike-Love this composition. Those diagonals really lead you to the subject and give a real sense of being up in the air. Great work.

Michelle Smith said...

Very nicely done. The colors work great together and the reflected light on the man on the right is just right.

jane minter said...

dramatic with viewpoint colours and the whites of the hardhats .. ....the sketches remind me of your metro painting series ...look foward to seeing the other 4 and your national park paintings..really enjoyed reading your last post on trail and error .

David Lobenberg said...

Line men are a WONDERFUL subject, indeed, and Mike, well done on this one! More line men paintings!

Aubrey Studebaker said...

Great piece. Esp appreciate the lighting on this- feels like the warm sun is setting at their backs.

Can't wait to see some of the paintings from Yosemite.

Ross Lynem said...

A beautiful piece. Love the composition and the color choices. Thank you also for your "Baloney" story. Well said. Your blog is one of my favorites to visit. Thank you for being so generous sharing your painting experiences.

Nick said...

another perfect painting! everything you post on here is killer, and a great variety. bravo Tovarish!