This was my painting for the "Brush Rush". On Sunday everyone met at the Victor Elks' Club and at precisely 9:00 we were told that the Brush Rush would be at the Tractor Museum. We had until 11:30 to paint. That's not a lot of time to get to the location, chose a subject/composition, paint, and chat with all of the spectators. But, the pressure kind of makes you paint only what you need!
Again, my first step was to sketch in the air compressor and the shadows.
I think you can see 2 other artists painting down in the overflow equipment lot.
Next, I painted in the darks.
Then I painted in the compressor body. Lastly I painted the grass and the road.
At this point I thought I was done, ran out of time, and the Quick Draw was over. 2 1/2 hours
is not a lot of time to paint when you have to get to the location, pick your subject, plan,
paint and talk to all of the people who are there to watch!!
When I looked at this, I really wanted to add a big splash of cad orange or cad yellow deep somewhere on the compressor. It just looked a little dull. Of course, it is dull and faded; it's been sitting outside for decades! After the event was over, it was suggested that I switch the road color, which was almost the same value as the air compressor to red, which would create contrast and excitement. And, that was the color of the museum. So, voila, that's what I did and I think it's much better, don't you!?
Leroi Master Air Compressor
Oil on wrapped canvas, Ready to hang 11" x 14"
$295.00 + $10.00 s/h
I normally put my finished painting at the front of the post. But, I'm experimenting. I noticed on StatCounter that the posts where I showed my plein air set-up first got quadruple the number of hits. So, I'm posting the steps first, the finished piece last, and then the finished piece again on my next post....just to see the comparison.