Winter is officially here on Christmas eve in Texas. The studio assistants are all snoring on their beds by the easel, with their bellies full of Cowboy Cookout Stew. Today I broke out the paints after a few weeks off and finished White Rock Lake, a departure from the usual bright flowers.
Painting from photos is definitely tricky. The water in the foreground was originally black pavement. The trees above the rocks were originally a dense mass of pink and golden leaves. I had to find a way as master painter Robert Moore puts it, "To clearly define my masses and shapes." I added some beige colors behind the tree trunks and a bright yellow green border on top of the rocks to try to separate all the masses.
Even trickier, I wanted to put this painting into an off-size frame I had ordered, 16.5 X 20.5. I don't own saws or tools to cut my own canvas boards, so I ordered custom cut boards from a good linen board canvas manufacturer online. This was such an easy solution for a non-handy person like myself, I will no longer hesitate to grab up those beautiful off size frames from paint and art stores I see on clearance - now I know, I can always have the professionals cut the canvas boards for me!
If this one dries in time, it will be submitted to the Dallas Arboretum paintout. The deadline is January 9 so I have to get cracking if I want to add more submissions between now and then. Nothing like a deadline to motivate!