Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Final Major Project for My Painting Class: Youth

Acrylic on Canvas 30 x 40

The project is considered the final of the painting class. I didn't really have to do it so early. There are two reasons for doing it now. I found two scenes on my bike route which I would like to paint plein-air and they were both supposed to be set in dusk because I wanted to study the subtle shimmering light in the woods during the sunset. Unfortunately, in the past two days and today, it has been cloudy or rainy. Even though the sun, sometimes, peeped through the clouds, the effect wouldn't stay long and the sunlight could disappear in a jiffy. The second reason is, as an auditor, I'd like to play hooky for the final week and go to New York for my son's wedding. However, I still want to finish all my assignments. Therefore, I did it these two days. The painting was based on what I collected in my morgue. In class I have been asked a couple of times about my painting process. For this painting, I took pictures of its different stages and post here. Hope that would help answer some of my friends' questions.


After the painting was completed, suddenly I discovered that the dead tree looked like a grumpy old man's face. I was tickled by the coincidence and considered it symbolic for an old timer like myself to regretfully watch the youthful days be gone. Therefore, I made the following sketch.

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