Friday, October 22, 2010

#37 - Castaway

Beginning of "Castaway"

Next stage of "Castaway"

8x10" oil on linen panel

Here is another Topsail Island, North Carolina cottage.  My sister-in-law particularly likes this little place.  It is old, tucked in next to the newer, taller, fancier places built around it.  It has a little house behind it also, which makes it seem like a little blue gem.  It's name is "Castaway", hence the title for the painting.  I am fairly happy with this little painting, although I squashed it in, so that it lost it's true shape. I think I will try it again.  This one was done from memory and photos, and so it lacks that little extra something that happens when you are actually in front of a subject painting it.  I wanted to show you a couple "before and after" shots of this piece in process.  I did opt to enlarge the house, taking out the bushes on the left.  I'm not sure I should have done that, or not.  I'd love to hear your opinions on that. Enjoy!


Barbara Pask said...

Sweet painting, really great light on the house. I think you did the right thing running the house off the edge and cutting back the hedges.

Kerri Settle said...

I really love the intensity of the blue shadows. It was fun to see the progression, too.