|Basket Maker, 27.5" X 20.5", by April M. Rimpo|
When I travel I take thousands of photographs of the area. In fact I am so focused on the beauty of the area that I take few pictures of the people I am traveling with; something that I regret in hindsight. I photographed the man making the basket but, like many of my painting source photos, I had no idea how to paint this subject at the time. It was 4 years after taking the photo that I finally felt I had the skills I needed to accomplish the vision in my head. I knew I wanted to keep him in front of the stone wall, but had to do some shifting and rearranging to make a better design. The basket maker was in the shadow of the building so I also had to brighten the scene a little and reduce the shadow on his face.
fluid acrylic and watercolor
27.5" X 20.5" image, matted in brushed silver frame
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Wow! Thanks so much for showing the step by step. That's so interesting. I love this painting too! It's so expressive and tells a great story. The colors all go together so beautifully too. I'm glad to hear that you keep reference photos around for a long time before you decide to use them. I sometimes look at all the pictures that I want to someday draw, and heave a big sigh, wondering if I'll ever get to them!ReplyDelete
I love having all the reference photos. To me it is great knowing I have a wealth of ideas and never have to worry about having enough material. When I finally realize I know how to paint one of the older subjects it is really exciting; I just can't wait to get started.Delete