Wednesday, November 7, 2012

November 7

Here is my Nanaimo Port Theatre picture from yesterday. I have been working on it for the last few days.

I didn't do any painting for about 2 weeks because my mother died on October 22. My brother, sister and I had visited her together the day before and we all knew she would not be with us much longer. However, it was a bit of a shock when she died the next day. My mother was a very interesting person and a great lover of art.She had turned 98 in September.

Below is my painting from today. It is a lot more yellow than yesterday - but not as yellow as it looks in this photo.One thing that is greatly improved is the trees on the left hand side. There is actually a small hill behind that part  of the boat basin - with trees growing below and on top. Also the War Museum is located up there. I had really wanted to have the darkness of the trees extend to the top of the picture - but it didn't look right when I tried to finish them up.
I am going to let this painting sit now until it is completely dry and then try to get back more of the whitish look for the boats. I probably also need to equalize the blue at the bottom with the colour of the sky. I'm not quite sure whether to make the sky bluer or the water greyer. also, the fun of putting in the lurid pink of the bumpers also lies ahead. That will help me decide whether or not I have to tone down the pink of the little cherry tree poofs - which were what I most wanted to portray in this painting.

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