Sunday, March 4, 2012


"Driftwood Post Office" 8" x 10" oil/linen

This is a plein air piece I did as a demo in a workshop in Wimberley, TX two years ago. It is an historic building that served as Driftwood's main post office for many years. I've painted this building several times and it has always proven to be a challenge primarily because the big shadow under the metal awning changes shape so rapidly and because there is so much drawing involved. You kind of have to draw in the shadow patterns then stick to your guns as you paint it.

Not only do the shadows change shape, but as they change the values within the shadows change as well. It takes some practice to ignore the things happening right in front of you because if you chase the shadows or the values within them, it throws to whole painting off and what you intended to do at the beginning gets lost.

Anyway it is a really cool building to paint with the old gas pump in front and all.

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