Monday, September 22, 2008

Sunday Afternoon, Old Sacramento

I already mentioned it has been a long time since painting and that I donated a painting to a fundraiser hosted by a local Rotary club that I am a member of. Here is the painting is I originally wanted to do as an auction item and is my second painting for the auction. And I did start painting this before I started the painting of Irish beach. (However, I finished the Irish beach painting first because it was easier)

Anyway, of the two paintings this is my favorite because my idea for painting this was from Edward Hopper's "Early Sunday Morning." Hopper is one of my all time favorite painters mainly because of the simplicity of the painting and many times I can relate the theme of solidarity that is reflected in his paintings.

Sunday Afternoon, Old Sacramento

I did not want to try and copy the original "Early Sunday Morning." And I thought it would be more appropriate that I use a local setting and create my own idea based on the original painting. As you can see the composition is basically same. This is a painting that I could easily spend a lot of time on, but being limited on time I am glad I was forced to finish this as quickly as possible. Mostly because, I know I would have been messing with this and never finished it.

Irish Beach, A Painting

It has been 7 years since the last time I picked up a brush and finished a painting. I knew the only way to actually finish a painting is if I had some motivation to actually finish it. Each year, the Rotary club I participate with, hosts a huge fundraiser dinner with live and silent auction.

Irish beach

And this was my opportunity to actually pick up the brush and donate a painting for the cause. One of the live auction items was weekend stay at a residence on Irish Beach, on the Mendocino coast. So the topic for the painting was a landscape of the beach, as you can see above.

All in all, I am happy with the way it turned out. The only thing I would have done is to actually go to Irish Beach and take some of my own photos. But I was on a difficult deadline and it wasn't realistic to do that. The photos I worked from were not the best quality but did give me a good reference for the painting. Overall, I would say not bad for not painting in a very long time.