The Process- Start to Finish

——Posted by James Ramsdell——-


On a beautiful summer afternoon, I was sitting on my parents’ front porch watching the children across the street. I was intrigued, wondering if their play was a metaphor for later in life. She was riding HIS tricycle, which seemed fine with him, but he wasn’t going to let her out of his sight. This became the idea for a painting I wanted to do for the upcoming themed  group show at the West End Gallery– “The Process- Start to Finish”,  running from May 7 – June 11, 2010.

I started this painting as pencil sketches, which I usually do. This gives me a chance to get a feel for the subject and work out my value patterns.

After selecting the figures and pose, I went looking for the back ground that I wanted.     

    I was interested in making a primarily esthetic choice, but I was looking for a sun-splashed, inviting, small town setting. From this selection I did a 5 x 7 sketch in oil helping me make my color decisions. Now I had the information that I wanted and was ready to do the painting !

Trying to Keep Up-- 14" x 18" Oil



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