About a year and a half ago, Bob, Maggie, and I spent a wonderful afternoon at the bar enjoying a beer. I took pictures of the hands and then played with some image processing software.
Now, summer of 2015; painting those hands are one of my current projects. This is going to be a huge painting, 30×36 inches. Artistic challenges: using big brushes, a limited palate, painting glass and reflections, using texture and brush strokes to suggest depth. The following photos show you the original photo, a gray scale done in green, two sessions on the sweater and arms, and one session working on the table with a little bit of beer thrown into the mix.
After four lessons and 1.5 months, have not yet finished. And now I am on my own for finishing this painting until September. In August, there is a special saturday class series “plein aire painting”. Three saturdays in a row, three different scenes, paintings need to be finished within the 2 hour block of time. That will be challenging and fun. We will see if I can work on this painting without help or not. In the meantime, I want to go get a beer.