I declared this one done yesterday. Then I worked on it again last night. Then I tossed and turned all night thinking about how I was going to repaint it. This morning I got up early and with just a few final touches, really finished it. Somehow the picture I had of it in my head was very skewed. It didn’t require a complete repaint, just a few well positioned highlights and a clear head. I think I need a nap now!
“Personal Best 3″ Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 30”, 2014, $700
It’s missing the energy! I’m hoping one more session at the easel will put thi sone to bed. Right now, I still feel like the intensity isn’t there. I don’t feel the energy yet. I think it needs a bit more contrast….some big hits with white and black. I think the flatness of the color is what is keeping the energy level down.
I’m at about the midpoint of my latest athlete painting. I thought it would be interesting to document the process a bit as they tend to change dramatically over the life of the painting process.
Following are steps 1, 2, and 3:
The Personal Best series celebrates the movement, energy and tenacity of the runner. It also recognizes that everyone’s personal best is, well, personal!
I may never finish a marathon, or even a half, but for me, the triumph is in getting out and doing it. That’s the passion and energy I want to capture in this series.
All of the paintings are based on photos that I take at various races that I attend…sometimes as a runner, sometimes just to watch. None of them is any person in particular, but an essence of the runner. Someone in which we can all see ourselves.
For the most part, the form of the runner is fairly accurate, but what I really want to capture is the energy…that dynamic place where will meets ability and becomes something amazing!
“Sunday Morning,” Acrylic on paper, 12 x 18, 2012, $200
I’ve been trying to figure out how to work painting back into my schedule. I have a part time job, a freelance career as a print/web designer, and a family to take care of. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of articles on how successful people spend their mornings. The common theme seems to be that they get out of bed and get going instead of lying around lamenting the fact that they must soon leave the comfort of their nighttime cocoon.
This morning I tried it. Of course it helped that the dog needed to go out! But normally, I would let him out and back in again, and then slip back between the sheets. Not this morning. At 6 a.m. I got up and stayed up. I unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, got the clean clothes out of the dryer, and did 120 jumping jacks…all before my first cup of coffee.
While nothing I did was life-changing, it did give me a sense of accomplishment, It also got me thinking. Why couldn’t I head for the easel after I let the dogs back in each morning? I could easily get in 30 minutes of painting. Before I head for bed tonight, I’ll set out everything I will need for a morning painting session. Stay tuned for the results!
I guess this goes with my recent athlete paintings! After all, is there any creature that is moire athletic than a sled dog? These animals run for hundreds of miles in the freezing cold. I think I have probably painted or drawn this dog, or some version of this dog, at least fifteen times, if not more. I love the image of a sled dog doing what they love most and do best. It’s like painting pure joy.
Iron Dog: The Runner
Acrylic on canvas board
16″ x 20″
My IronMan paintings were delivered yesterday. I really enjoyed working on them! In fact, I will be starting a new runner soon. I took lots of photos at the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival this weekend. I’m going through them today looking for my next inspiration.