I shot this photo on vacation at the Denver Zoo and was really taken by the composition every time I looked at it. Something about it kept drawing me back, so I thought it would be perfect for the composition week assignment.
This is so totally new for me—this kind of painting—and I'm not sure where to go with it. I never have had the patience (not since back in high school and college classes—a very long time ago!) to paint a lot of detail. This is also the first time I've painting on wood panel, so it feels very new and different, on top of everything else. So I've started out with a pretty realistic rendering of this and now I'm lost on how to finish it up.
I love Karin Jurik's painting style karinjurick.blogspot.com/ where a seemingly few brushstrokes can give so much information about color and light, but it's something I don't know if I can pull off.
And what to do about the texture in the sidewalk?! All that color and detail.
As for the outer edges, I love Michele Maule's paintings: how2drawacupofcoffee.blogspot.com/ and was thinking about trying something like what she does with the borders, but maybe I haven't left enough room!
Oh well, back to the easel to see what happens. If anyone has suggestions, comments, advice... I'd love to hear what you have to share. Here's hoping I get it done before tomorrow evening!!
And, next week I think I'm going back to something more stylized!