just another detail of my Kennebec mural in Augusta, Maine. the mural is 14 x 40 feet, over 500 square feet with over 50 figures, ships, animls, period tools…a lot of life. the brushwork is quick not laboring over each pore. Love working big.
This section, the dark wharf overshadowed by the bows and rigging of many ships, I painted dark first and pulled the figures from the dark with muted midtones and a few punched highlights.
Painting is a joy, and, of course, my day to day work, but has also been a refuge.
I've always painted, standing in the dark facing toward the light. It's only recently my eyes can start to see the dark forms to paint in the black shadow. I paint those as I now walk toward the light. A good change.