Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Surfer Girl--American Oil Painting

The weather has been wonderfully sunny all week--just the kind of weather for water sports. Today's painting is a celebration of the surfers in my family who like to catch a wave. It is 8x10 inches on a gessoed hardboard panel. Although the sunshine may seem to be the inspiration for this painting, it was really reading Richard Schmid's book, Alla Prima, again. He states that a painter should first strive to paint the first element perfectly and the rest of the painting will almost paint itself. With this idea in mind, I very carefully measured and mixed colors for the surfer girl, aiming for perfection. When she was completed to the best of my ability, the rest of the painting was an easy abstract conclusion. She was a great subject for a hot afternoon.
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rups said...

really it is a charming situation beside the sea. the weather is pleasent.. wow.just out of imajination.

Nancy Merkle said...

Glad you like my painting!