The lighthouse image to the left is another salvage piece. When first playing with acrylics, I slapped two layers on the canvas, a blue/black at the top, and a green/yellow at the bottom, and with smooth side to side strokes, called it “depth”, the latest, greatest new age / abstract art piece there could ever be. Then, a month later, I added the land, light house tower, light and moon.
The other image, “Apalach” is endearing and precious to me as I’m taking a stab with people in it. PLUS, it is from a photo I took while we were crossing some huge bridge heading to St. George Island. Lovely memory, sweet people. I am learning that just hints are fine. Details aren’t too essential to painting people and if you get hung up on it, it saps energy from the picture.
What do you think?
Today’s lesson: Salvage away! And as for people, don’t be afraid of trying your hand at suggesting them in your paintings.