Tuesday, March 06, 2007

daily painting practice - Omaha Farmer's Market

I have summer on my mind. (winter does that to me) So, I decided to paint something that says... short sleeve shirts and..." find some shade." This is what summer is like on Saturday mornings in downtown Omaha.
I started by drawing /painting over my charcoal sketch with Ivory black.
Leave it to me to try another method in beginning the painting. This time I put the lights in first and the light colors. I want your eye to start on the cabbages in the basket then lazily move back through the scene.
Abstract blotches of colors in the background keeps the detail and muddy colors away.
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Omaha Farmer's Market - Saturday's Cabbage
oil on masonite
The outlined images give the painting a little different feel from my other work. I think the basket of cabbages really holds the bottom of the composition together like a good solid foundation stone. My favorite two points of interest are the scale and the bit of table cloth peeking through the baskets.


Louis Boileau said...

Wow Peter...I really like this. Love the preliminary drawing!

m collier said...

Very nice painting !!! -- I really like the direction the last few paintings have taken -- the colors are warm and inviting -- comfortable settings -- a good feeling.

belindadelpesco.com said...

Wonderful.... I love the carriage of the farmer - his hat and face and posture are so perfect. You nailed it. Salt of the earth. Beautiful painting.
And THANKS for adding a subscribe via email option to your blog. Now, your lovely work will come straight to me! What a gift!