Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Daily Painting Practice - Waiting for the Parade

I usually don't start with a charcoal drawing that is this far along. Most of the time I only use an outline drawing for guidance. I wanted to see if the abstract shapes made an interesting composition before I started painting.
I should have sprayed it with fixative before painting. The charcoal came right off the canvas as I applied the paint. I think because I didn't use any turps to thin the paint. It made the beginning a little tricky.
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Waiting for the Parade
oil on canvas board

Kids get the best seats for a parade because they don't care where they sit. The adults stand behind on the sidewalk or use chairs. I can't think of a parade I have seen that didn't have children sitting on the curb or in the street waiting for the parade to begin.


Parisbreakfasts said...

WONDERFUL painting comme habitude..
I saw a Fantin-Latour retrospective yesterday in Lausanne
and j'ai pense a toi :)
si belle...

Anonymous said...

His gaze is really fixed on something, and his body is so relaxed. I imagine it's the beginning of the parade - before they've started to throw the candy!


Anonymous said...

I really like this one! It reminds me of Norman Rockwell, particularly with the angle of the hat and the stick-out ears that he has. Well done!!

Mike said...

This is definetely one of your best, Peter!

I haven't been painting much of late . . .mostly doing open studio and prepping a new workshop. Toooooo darned much!

Out this li'l guy in a nice frame and in a gallery! He's great!

Steven said...

Thanks for sharing your work in progress images -- and troubles with the ol' charcoal. I've struggled with the same thing recently. Great figurative study. Looks super.