This Challenge.... was quite a challenge. To all of us. Lydia provided us with a great reference photo with lots of information in there. That's where the painting process starts. How much to include, what information to loose, where to put you focus.
You can see the results of this creative process below. I ended up with 'Double Vision' ... ;-)
The mug shots produced and painted from the original Hilton Head Gang / Class of 2011 were so much fun, such a good exercise and such a great way to keep motivated and in contact with each other that OF COURSE the class of 2012 decided to go ahead and get the challenge going again.
Although I love the challenge, I did't get started right away and now I'm already some mugs behind. Oh well.... Here's my first 'Hilton Head Caper' 2012:
Kim "The Scoop" Rosser - MS022
Oil, 4'' x 4''
Kim "The Scoop" Rosser is not only a great painter, she and her husband are running the infamous Gelati Celesti in Richmond, Va. Isn't that just a dreamy combination? Painting and homemade gelato....
I've been busy since the last HH4 Challenge - though not really painting and posting. So it's good to have the challenge to keep my on a schedule.
This month's challenge was set by Maria Bennett Hock and is another reference from Hilton Head Island. We encountered this lady and her dog on one of our strolls on the beach. I honestly think it might have been at sunset rather than in the morning, but the finished painting has this early morning feeling to me. It's going to be a wonderful day, but it's still rather fresh and you're happy to have a warm jacket with you.
I miss the beach....
All four of us - the Hilton Head Four - enjoyed painting from the reference, and the resulting pieces show our individual styles and takes on the picture. But we also agreed that we're looking forward painting the next reference - it will NOT be a white dog!
So here's my rendition - 'Bright and Early'.
'Bright and Early'
Oil, 8'' x 8''
my HH4 friend's paintings - take a look at the
artist's blogs by clicking on their names.