Acrylic on watercolor paper- image size 10" x 13"
The first pic shows the finished painting. The second pic shows the sketch that I did in Microsoft Paint. What a nifty little program! I was able to draw the shapes and then fill them with colors. I could switch out the colors also which is some of the exploration that I would normally do with my pastels pencils in the initial sketch on paper. I like combining my drawing and coloring with this computer sketch. In the final piece, I switched the lower blue-green shape to push the limits of what I consider to be a blue-green. I also tried to push the limits a bit with what I consider to be a blue violet. I chose a golden yellow to represent my yellow-orange opposite in that pair. I like the results a lot.
The idea for this piece came to me last Thursday/Friday as I was driving to the Bay Area. (I went both days back to back.) The Altamont Pass, which I drive through to get to Livermore and beyond, really grabs my attention. Those voluptuous hills and curving roads are really something. There are a series of train tracks that run through this area and on one of the days I saw, out of the corner of my eye, train cars going by high up on one of the trestles. I imagined a train going by at night that no one would see or know about. It seemed mysterious and part of the past somehow. So, I tried to make some ambiguous shapes to represent several of the things that I saw. It was fun to put everything together, like a puzzle, and then to do the final sketch on the computer. I had an ah-ha moment where I said (out loud) that yes, I could actually do this. Good stuff.
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