Spring must be close because I had the itch to paint a baseball. I have wanted to paint this baseball ( another thrift store treasure) for a few months but never felt ready for the challenge, until now.
There are so many subtle colors in a baseball. It is very much like painting skin.
The hardest parts for me is getting the texture to have the right feel and determining where to place the correct level of detail. As you know, I don't like to put the same level of detail across the painting. I think I mentioned this in the last posting of the grapes. I am practicing how to keep the viewer's attention where I want it in a composition but at the same time trying to control the pace the viewer's eyes move around. Who would think that so much thought could go into a simple painting of a baseball?
I could probably do a baseball painting everyday of the season. I could show it in a different light and different composition each time. It is an amazing prop. I call it amazing because it is such a simple device. You can't get simpler, just a sphere with some red stitching. But every baseball carries a story. Like the skin on a persons face, you can read its history.
This was a fun yet challenging in its simplicity. Everything a daily painting practice piece should be.