Sunday, September 8, 2019

Painting a Picture

     Frankly, I have been having trouble getting back into painting. However, I wanted to take these two figures on a soccer field along with a newspaper picture of a soccer net writ large and combine. It seemed a simple task to sketch out the two 10-years-olds, move David's arm above his head, and throw on the paint.

      I scribbled out my plan w charcoal and squeezed out some acrylics on a paper palette (non-absorbent paper). With some water and a no. 6 round Princeton nylon brush, started moving paint energetically on an alizerin crimson pre-primed canvas. I cursorily sketched in the boys first and came up with the net and grass later. I used only one pointed brush, from point to side, throughout the effort. I used a fairly limited palette of white, off white, yellow, oj, red, two blues and a brown. Half-way through I told Joe a frame would help the composition so he made me one and I had two more sessions, the third after David told me to lower his arm rather than show his face.

       Feeling the grass needed something for that big green area, I thought I would connect w art history, I added bottom right, the age, name and date of the subject, using a stencil, black pointed Sharpie and some gold acrylic textile paint! I think the fact that David liked the painting and it is already up on the living room wall portrait corner will encourage me to paint more action. I also want to get back to Urban Sketching, cuz that is fast also!  (Click to enlarge)


  1. I love the exuberance and joy of this painting! And I love that in this blog posting, you explained your technique and the materials used to create this work that so very obviously pleased your grandson. Too, seeing the living room portrait corner was a real treat. I envy our mutual friend Sherron for the opportunity to see all of these works in person, when she soon visits you! Yes, for sure, keep on with the action paintings!

  2. You've really captured the action in that painting, and the notes on method make the post so personal. Love the oversize net - personifies its status in the minds of the players. David is so lucky his grandmother is so talented! -Ellen