In yesterday's blog I included a poor photo of a very early drawing of mine - poor because of the distracting reflections on the glass. One of these days I'll ask a friend of our who is good-enough-to-be-a-professional photographer how to avoid problems like that. But maybe I should wait until I find out how to avoid the issue you'll see in today's photograph!
Also in yesterday's blog was my embarassed recounting of finding myself in class with no paint - what an idiot! However, there was something I could do - draw using one of the photographs I had with me.
But first, a little background. Our first post-retirement trip was to China where I started taking photographs especially for reference material. The second trip was an exploration of the Four Corners in the Southwest. Those photos inspired three oils of that very special landscape.
Yesterday as I looked through the photos I had with me, I found one I knew had to be a contender. It was one I'd toyed with but just didn't know if it was too, well, just too much like one you'd see in a travel magazine. But I love it anyway.
The photo isn't available for me to post here, but I can tell you that it is a study in perspective which is why it was a good candidate for drawing. The subject is a trading post in Monument Valley with towering cliffs in the background and a wagon in the foreground. Note the line of the roof and the lower edge of the wagon - perspective fun.
The shadowing - especially on the left side - is caused by erasures made with a kneaded eraser. It took time to get it almost right, but as I discovered while drawing, it was time well spent. It needs to be finished (the right side of the trading post ends within the porch - past the doorway line). The wagon's back wheel isn't right, and the barrel is far more burly.
But here's the real problem for me. I don't see it as a watercolor. Do you? Would it work? I see, no, I feel it as an oil painting. But either way it will be a painting.