I’ve been working on this painting off and on for about 5 months. A friend gave me a watercolor canvas to try so I thought, “what the heck”, give it a shot using fluid acrylics. I won’t be using it again. The paint floats on top of the canvas, I much prefer the absorption of paper allowing more detailed work. The canvas worked great for the more fluid background washes. I was able to layer multiple glazes and get that old world feeling for the steps. I saw this fellow in Florence, Italy, several years ago playing in a piazza totally absorbed in his music. It was magical. The photo I used was taken at a much wider angle showing lots of people wandering and sitting behind him. However, I preferred cropping it to create a more intimate moment – a man and his music. Cropping out the top of his head created some interesting negative spaces for a better composition. This is 18″ x 24″. It was a challenging experience …. think I’ll return to using paper now 😉
Will be posting more often now that summer is over. I love winter, I get to hide out in my studio and paint!!
This is really great, challenging for you or not. The intensity of the musician is there for sure and I love the way you’ve cropped it. The strength of the light is lovely.