"WALK"

Canvas size: 52 inches by 41 inches

 

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I originally sketched this painting in the late 80's in the financial district of San Francisco.

All of the people in their "business attire" attracted me.

 

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The sketch just establishes the weight of the subjects.

I wanted the woman and man in the center to dominate the painting.

I generally use Strathmore watercolor paper for final sketches because I like the texture.

 

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Above - The underpainting allows me to get my subjects laid out where I want them.

I know in the final painting that the face of the woman at left center will draw instant attention.

So I positioned her right arm to point at the man's face. From there the viewer's eye should move

down the man's tie to the woman's left hand and back up to her face. They are the main subjects.

 

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Above - When I started this painting in the late 80's,  The clothing was contemporary.

Now, ln 2012, it looks quite dated. I decided I'd stay with the old and review it later.

 

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Above - That didn't last long. The polka dot blouse and the long skirts had to go.

Since the wild red hair of the woman at left center was the main subject, I kept it.

I also tinkered with color, changing the women on the left to browns and purples.

 

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Above - Here I am working with a palette knife on the painting.

The purple dress is still bugging me. It's out of place. I've changed purples three times!

 

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Above - I had to balance that flaming red hair of the main subject with a green suit.

But then, I had to spread that red and green around the rest of the painting.

Things got messy!

 

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Above - I gave up on the purple dress, as I realized I needed it to be pink,

to tie it in with the secondary subject's tie, and the primary subject's scarf.

 

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Above - Close-up of the main subject

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Above - Close-up of the secondary interest

 

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Above - Primary interest of the painting

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Above and Below - Close-ups to show the paint texture