Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sailors' Day Out
Before I joined the plein-air group, I had no practice in finding a composition on the spot. When searching for inspiration to paint, I went through a phase of seeing the world via travel photos on computer. Before that I'd visit the library, carrying armfuls home. The picturesque kind are the heavy ones. The source for this work came from a book on sailing. I was happy with it and entered it in our local juried "First City" show. The ladies at the desk liked it, but the judge...not so much. In both the previous and subsequent years my work was accepted and also sold. Both were plein air, originally inspired- sparked from within, not my rendition of a photo.
As "Sailors' Day Out" was displayed at the "Officers' Club Show" on the Navy base, I overheard my son comment, "If that doesn't sell, it's going home with me". So, yeah... the sailor's are above his fireplace. Though he'd probably sell them. Times are rough, plus he's quite the salesman.