Aperture 11 x 14 Watercolor (dry brush) on Arches Hot Press paper
I got totally absorbed in the cross hatching and dry brush of this painting and it was a lovely escape this past week. The image was photographed in Rome a few years ago during our best family vacation *ever*. My son was sleeping in our ancient, thick-walled apartment in the old part of the city – complete with narrow halls, tiny rooms and white-washed wood shutters tucked into deep-seated windows. I took liberties here and added the drape on the right of the entrance – it was a steep pitched wall – and flowers on the dresser, and then I snuck a dog in to sleep on his feet. I love that Artists get to do that; alter reality like we’re in charge of the world. Well, we can pretend. The bright Italian daylight was seeping through the shutters like aperture on a camera, and I knew I wanted to paint the scene as soon as I walked in to wake him up. This was the first try, and I’m pondering another version of it – later – about twice the size.
I’ll continue sharing my personal art collection later this weekend. Thanks for visiting in the meantime.
I concluded that if I really wanted to paint, I could eliminate luxuries (dating, movies, etc.) & earn only what I needed for necessities (art supplies, rent, food, transportation). I began to work only as long as necessary to earn the minimum to support myself & free more time for painting. This was the beginning of a life-long problem of arranging my life to maximize the time available for painting. ~Daniel Greene