Now some color is being added. This shows part of the center panel. The raised section is 8’ wide. The panel on the floor to the right is 4’ wide. When finished, these will all be level. The upper left shows two panels out of sequence.
I have been working in the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s shop with Nathan Rodda, the society’s set designer. This will become part of the backdrop for act I of their July production of “The Mikado.”
We worked together on the final design for this 18 x 32’ backdrop and began sketching it in chalk yesterday. Today the chalk drawing was finished and we began painting the outlines. I will post more photos as the painting progresses.
I just received word that this painting has won an award in the Women Painters of Washington Membership Show at the Kaewyn Gallery, 10101 Main, Bothell WA. The gallery reception is Friday evening May 23rd from 5-8 p.m. Please stop by if you are in the area.
The inspiration for this painting came from a visit to the Frye Museum in Seattle. From the museum’s parking lot across the street, I saw these people having lunch in the cafe. The sunlight and shadow patterns on the trees, the walls and the people in the window took my breath away. I new I had to paint it!
I spotted these little delights at a local specialty shop. I bought several more to paint as well . . . these were delicious! And I admit, I purchased everything else in the painting, including the silver tray - with the wonderful reflections, because I wanted to paint them as well!
Look what just arrived at my door! It is Edward B. Gordon’s blog painting #499. Edward lives in Berlin, Germany. He began posting a painting a day in November 2006. I enjoy his work and this little painting is one of my all time favorites. The presentation was so beautiful, I had to photograph it as I opened the package.
The ceramic platter is from Poland - something else I purchased to paint. I was drawn to the shape and its playful decoration with green dots over deep blue, a great background for cheese and fruit.
The platter made its kitchen debut the day I brought it home, and has frequently carried food to the table. Today it made its way to the studio and this is its first appearance in a painting. The orange smelled so good, I had to try a slice before starting the painting. Very good! Sweet and juicy.
Something else I bought because I wanted to paint the shapes - a pewter cream and sugar on a little tray. I admired these in a local shop for weeks before deciding to buy them. When they came home I put them on the kitchen table where we have been using them. Today they went to the studio to be painted. The chocolates were a gift from a friend and they are very good!
This green glass jar has been on my studio desk for a long time. I enjoy its color and shape. I bought the flowers and the little Cambodian silver/tin covered dish because I wanted to paint them. With these thick, juicy brush marks, they make their debut. Great fun to paint!
I painted this a while ago. I liked it at the time but it really didn’t excite me. Several days ago I took it out to have another look. Suddenly it was so obvious! I darkened the outside of the tea cup - the center section closest to the viewer - from the little rose-colored flower at the top to the base of the cup. Now it is just right! This section is darker than the photo shows.
The photo does not capture the rich colors very well either, but it does give a good idea of the actual painting.