This one almost ended up in the dumpster. It’s another piece I started for Bill Guffey’s Virtual Paintout, but things didn’t go the way I planned.
This time we’re on the island of Gran Canaria, one of Spain’s Canary Islands:
Such a beautiful place! I want to be on that road driving a convertible with the wind whipping my hair.
Here are a few shots taken along the way:
I like the look of taped edges on a gouache, so I began by masking off the margins with clear packing tape. The tape needs to be burnished thoroughly so the pigment won’t bleed through.
Since I can’t draw a straight line, much less paint one (see last painting), I’ve indicated the water line in pencil.
Color is blocked in quickly.
Starting to refine and add some detail.
This was the finished piece when I packed up my paints for the day. It wasn’t working for me, and I was ready to toss it in the trash and chalk it up to experience.
This morning when I came into the studio, that big empty space in the middle was staring at me, and I realized what it needed – a car! Duh! Just because it’s not in the shot doesn’t mean I can’t pull one up from another Street View, right? So I traveled a little further up the virtual highway and found this one:
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I have a hard time drawing cars and it looks a bit wonky, but it improves the composition enough so I don’t hate the painting so much anymore. A few more adjustments, like greying the highway, and it’s done. Yay!