PAPERI decided to paint on paper. I paint in oils and have been wanting to try out the new paper by Arches. I have painted on paper before but this paper doesn't require any preparation... no gesso!! Sounded too good to be true. It is sold in pads or in large sheets. As you can see in the pictures above I chose the large sheets and tore my pieces so that all my paintings would be roughly the same size.
MY THEMESo as you can see, I taped the sheets to my drawing board with painters tape because I wanted to leave a clean white border around each painting. The second picture is of my rough in and in the third you can see I am starting to lay in some color.
For my theme, I decided to paint streetscapes. I love painting shapes and patterns and this subject matter is full of both of those. I also wanted to focus on a loose, dreamy feel. I had read a while back about a group of painters using google maps to paint from and thought what a cool idea that would be. So I will be traveling in January to different cities and morphing myself into that little yellow person you drag onto the google maps painting on the street corner. And the added bonus is that most of the map pictures were taken in the summer so it'll help chase away the winter blues! So here is my first completed painting...... pardon the glare in places from the wet paint!
6.5" x 9" oil on paper