Looks like we’ll be driving to the Cape in the middle of tropical storm Danny. Hence “Even If It Rains…” seemed appropriate for today’s post, it’s based on a ride home from vacation in Vermont a couple years ago, proof that paintings can materialize from some of the most mundane places and experiences. Of course, rain and roadways are some of my favorite things to paint, so it’s likely I’ll get some good reference material on this trip as well. It’s important to note (to me anyway) that pieces like this are not copies of my reference materials, just loosely based on them. I always feel like the paintings have to be something new, related to the original place or event, but not replications of them.
This is oil on canvas, 18×24 inches. Paintings of wet surfaces are most effective when close attention is paid to the differences in values on the wet road and reflections on the cars. The darks are what make those headlight reflections really seem to glow. The road surface and sky are made up of multiple glazes. All of these techniques are covered in my advanced oils classes, for more info on advanced classes in oils at Somerset Art Association or NJ Visual Arts Center, click here. For classes in other media at either location visit the Workshops and Classes page.
Note: This painting is available for purchase from Trudy Labell Fine Art, Naples, FL, contact the gallery via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.