I was recently asked by a friend and collector to paint a small work with a blue theme. I love blues. They are so rich and varied and moody. After a moment’s hesitation (a commission is a tough thing to do well and keep everyone happy), I said yes.
I started by asking my friend to help me define the colours that she wanted. I was looking for a mood and a general idea of what colours interested her. There are so many blues and so many variations that you could fill many pages with swatches of blue. I sent her a swatch of blues and a few accent colours and she chose the ones that she liked.
Once that was done, I had to marry the colours to a theme.
Many themes came to mind Sea scape? Winter snow scene? Or my favourite: Rain? I did a few sketches and them sent her a scan of a rough pencil sketch of a rainy urban scene. This would form the theme of the painting. The details would have to build their way in the work itself.
Work in progress:
The Mood: Its a cold rainy afternoon. You are heading home from work or shopping. The crowds on the street are starting to get thicker. At the crossing, the cars come to a slow stop. You can hear the swish of the water on the tires and you can hear the humming of the idling engines.
I love the mystery of a rainy day. Something about the umbrellas and the hushed crowds attracts me to it like a cup of warm coffee. So… What do you think? Does it take you there?