“Waiting Shadows” by Lesley Spanos. Oil on canvas panel, 5 x 7″
In last week’s painting of the US Capital building, I struggled with the cars, and never could get them right. So I decided I needed to do some visual research on cars. I look at cars every day, but I don’t see them. I only glance long enough to avoid a collision. So I took the dog for a long walk on a busy street and studied cars in motion. I noticed how the lower half of most cars reflected the street or nearby vehicles, the horizontal surfaces reflected the sky, and highlights were usually small, intense dots rather than streaks. I didn’t have time to fix the cars in last week’s painting, but I put my new-found knowledge to work in today’s painting. I actually LIKE that little silver car. I accomplished something new here, and that makes me happy.