This one was finished yesterday after being worked on for a week. It needed one final push from me to finish all of the details. The building itself is Cap's Service Station, located in Sutter Creek which is over in Amador County. This is the spot where I met the cats and went to the farmers market. (I mentioned this in a previous post.) This time around I learned a fair amount about the colors of yellow and white both in light and in shade. Yellows have a wonderful variety of colors underneath them: browns, reds, and even greens. My observations of the pump and overhang led me to think that I saw a lot of green in the yellow color in shade so my mixes included more of a yellow green or even a gold green.
The other thing I learned about is the color of red. Reds can be dulled down or brightened up to a really wonderful intensity. I originally thought I would make the reds somewhat dull to give this an old timey feel. Reds can be dulled with white or their opposite color, green or even black or brown. But curbs get painted over frequently and this one, along with the stand that the gas pumps sit on, has been repainted numerous times so the color is pretty clear and fresh. I left that as is and I like it a lot.
I used a variety of differently saturated paints. I saved the intense cad reds and yellows for the pumps, overhang trim and any highlights. Everything else was done with colors that are much less intense. The combination of ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, and cad yellow/ochre yellow produces a beautiful variety of grays. They act as neutrals which helps to balance and highlight those cad colors.
I included my line sketch and colored sketch for reference (and hopefully interest). The line sketch gets transferred to the canvas but it also really helps me to see perspective lines which I reverse a lot of the time. I include details but these can be edited out. (Notice that I didn't include the shadows of the overhead power lines.) The sketch is done in color to sort of remind me about large shapes or important areas of color. The hatch marks denote shadow areas or places where shapes come up against each other and should somehow be separated through value, color, or intensity. Both sketches along with a black and white photo are posted on my wall as I work. And though I refer to my field notes as I go along, I try to work as intuitively as possible.
OK, that's it and thank goodness right? I hope to have an out and about day today. I also am participating in an event this weekend in Murphys. I will be out in front of Hovey winery on Main Street in Murphys, with my booth, participating in Passport Weekend. This is a wine tasting event here in Calaveras County. Should be a lot of fun and my art buddy, Cate, will be there too. Hope everyone is having a creative week so far. Thanks for reading and commenting.