|"Under the Arch, Washington Square" 14x11 oil on panel|
I am, however, painting everyday. I have come pretty far with this piece which I had planned on posting from the beginning. Tomorrow I want to add some figures and then I shall put it away for a couple of days before passing verdict on it. This photo was taken under studio lights and the result is a slightly grayed image. I am going for very saturated colors and I hope the next photo I post of this will bring that across better.
If you have been reading this post then you might recognize the scene up 5th Avenue seen through the arch. I did a painting in the fall (5th and Waverly) that was the view up 5th Avenue after passing under the arch. There is a bicyclist in that painting heading up the Avenue. She is on the right side of the foreground and I think it would be fun to paint her into this painting just heading under the arch. I may put in another figure or two but I haven't decided yet. I really don't want to put a larger figure in the foreground of this painting and I hope the dark shadow will give enough weight to that area. I'll have to see after I add the other figures.
What's next? Well, I would like to do an enlarged, studio version of the plein air painting I did at the Outer Banks on December 30th and I would also like to do a DC street scene. I have been working on a sketch for one along Constitution Avenue. I would like to be working on both at the same time. Why? Because I will probably get stuck on the DC painting and the Outer Banks painting will be more familiar territory for me. Cityscapes are a new venture and I know I will have more success with them if I can spend more time painting on site. Once this busy period in my life is more under control I plan to be spending some time in DC doing just that!