I was asked to do this by David Lewis of the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. I'm a sucker for local museums, and said yes, and we should share the proceeds. It's a really good museum. The painting is up for auction right now: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180638497781&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
There are lots of painters who paint toys - I am not one of them. But, I thought I might be able to do a passable job of it. The keys to making the painting succesful and looking like *I* painted it are this:
- Light it dramatically.
- Place the focal point at approximately 1/3 the width of the canvas
- Get the bell in there (well, that was for me. I love the bell.)
- Get enough of the ladder in there to look like itself without becoming a painting ABOUT a ladder
- Minimize the text (text draws the eye)
- Get the plastic color and translucency precisely right
- Get the proportions precisely correct
- Get it done in a hurry. The show is April 9 and the auction needed to be before that.
To keep myself from going insane and/or taking a lifetime to paint this, I traced the photo reference. You bet. That's going to surprise a lot of people, but I'm starting to shift my focus from HOW things get made to WHAT gets made. I want a good, meaningful painting, by any means necessary.
Palette was: titanium and flake white, cad yellow, yellow ochre, WN Bright red (woulda used vermilion if I'd had any), burnt sienna, perm alizarin, ultra blue, ivory black. So, my regular palette + cad yellow and bright red.
Heres the demonstration of it being made, all sped up and time lapse for your viewing convenience. Cheers!
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