Every year Hampton House Gallery has a benefit show for Aids Care Service here in Winston-Salem: "Small Art Big Heart". A portion of the proceeds from every painting or craft sold goes to this charity.
Here is the first entry that I painted just for this event. Runymede Road is a very popular Spring drive where one can see many massed plantings of azaleas, dogwood trees, cherry trees, flowering crabapples, jonquils-an abundance of color and fragrance! Many people say that this is the most beautiful street in our city.
With all the "Joy of Creating" ,here is my completed painting! The more I painted the more I walked the streets of the San Miguel of my mind and felt the pull to return. The warmth of the people, the color of the architecture and decorations, the soulful music, the delicious food and the pleasant climate all make this a very magical and inviting place to be.
In this stage the entire painting surface has been covered with the dark and light areas being established along with local color. In the next phase of painting, I will sharpen and add detail to the cathedral and surrounding area and define the vegetation a bit more and probably add more light/dark contrast in some areas.
After sketching the composition, I was very anxious about establishing the complicated architectural elements in the area of my main subject, the town. So I began by laying in the "Parroquia", the cathedral on the left side of the compositon, and surrounding buildings. Then from there I ventured into other areas of the painting. This is when I knew that the other buildings on the right side of this view would be painted with less detail so that the central part of town where the church is would remain the main focus of interest and painted with more contrast and definition. Wanting to make sure that the glowing sky wouldn't get lost along the way, I painted the pink along the horizon line.
Once again I painted something about a brighter warmer time of year! Could be that I'm anxious for spring and the colors of the visibly active growing season. Just as in my last posted painting , I'm still enjoying impasto alla prima. Reference for this is a photograph that I made this past summer while exploring downtown Winston-Salem. Our city does a beautiful job of maintaining these colorful hanging pots that they have placed on lamp posts throughout our downtown streets.