My latest painting is a small canvas (20×24) based on a digital photo that I shot at El Camino Memorial Park. There is a hill there with a really steep slope looking down across a rim of pines and tangles of undergrowth. This is spanned by the green belt of a well maintained grass lawn. Using my Panasonic DMC-XF3 camera, I set the lens to macro and then zoomed-in as close as possible looking downhill to the far edge of the field. The resulting picture below is about 200 yards away. Originally, I was intrigued with the dark areas between the almost blue trees. Of course, shooting a hand-held photo this far away made the picture uniformly out-of-focus, but I’m more concerned with the color shapes anyway! As I progressively blew this photo up for closer study I began to notice something strange.
When I examined the grassy knoll, middle-right, I noticed two critters… one on the grass and the other at the edge of the bushes. The one in the bushes has prominent ears, but at this distance would be far too large to be a rabbit or hare. I have seen deer and kit foxes here at El Camino before, so anythings possible!
So first I sketched some rough lines in blue pencil to anchor a few main elements. Then I painted the preliminary design in blue wash using a small fine brush . As you can see below, I’m starting to fill in some of the background colors… shades of darker greens. Also, I’ve under-painted the tree limbs in blue, which will hopefully glow thru the over-paint when finished.
Blow-Up (or Blowup) is a 1966 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni about a photographer, played by David Hemmings, who believes he may have witnessed a murder and unwittingly taken photographs of the killing. This film is a must see. Even the Yardbirds show up in the last third performing at an underground club. Watch Jimmy Page wail as Jeff Beck destroys his amp and guitar! Highly recommended…