A few weeks ago I participated in the Paint Out Poulsbo event hosted by Peninsula Music and Arts Society. I entered in the profession category, which meant I had three days to complete a 16x20 inch painting. I chose to work from a photo I had taken inside Sandy’s Barber Shop on Bainbridge Island. It has a very classic vibe and the colors on the interior lent itself to a nice painting. Through photos, I was able to capture some really nice gestures of the figures as well.
I started planning and thinking out the painting in my mind prior to the event because I knew all of my energy would need to be spent covering the entire canvas in paint. I tried out a new idea, which helped me a great deal once I was ready to lay in the color of the piece. I printed out two black and white images of the scene, one on top of the other. (I used the same two images so one would be free of paint and easily used as a tonal reference.) On the top image I very loosely mapped out what colors would go where. I also made some mixing notes along the edge. Another key to finishing this painting in time for the exhibition was using copal dryer mixed with my white paint.
Overall I was happy with the piece, but of course I wish I had more time to work on it! Luckily I was awarded 1st place in my category and since then, the painting has sold. All-in-all a successful weekend adventure! Here are some process shots: