Thursday, November 19, 2009

Good Spot For The Parade

Good Spot For The Parade 16 1/2 x 20 3/8 Oil on canvas panel

Nov 24 2009 - updated the photo. FINI! DONE!

Nov 20 2009 - updated the photo after "touching up" the painting a little bit. I feel that it STILL needs SOMETHING! I have no clue what. :-)

This started out as a painting of a woman sitting on a sunny park bench reading her book. B-O-R-I-N-G. SO, I sat her down between two benches in an aluminum lawn chair and gave her a warm coat and a lap blanket . Because the parade is taking place in Arkansas, the graffiti on the wall is "localized" a bit. (My apologies to all Arkansans and graffiti artists.)

The strange panel size comes from recycling scraps of Masonite and pieces of wood. I glued the Masonite to the pine wood frame. I "squared" it up with my table saw when the glue was dry. I probably did it backwards, but that's how I usually do things, so why change now? :-)

At last the painting is in focus in the photograph. I told my camera that I wasn't really taking a photo so it relaxed and let things happen. woo hoo.


  1. Hi Ken,
    Nice painting, and interesting story about its development... I have to tell you that I had never read funnier appologies in my life!
    I'm glad to know that you and your camera are taking along fairly well, it's always nice and inspiring to see how these sweet and tender relationships develop ;o)
    Best regards,

  2. Hi Carolina! My camera & I do NOT have any kind of "tender" or "sweet" relatonship. The stupid camera snaps it's shutter and I get going! I'm so sad now that I don't have your table-top dance to look forward to. I'll manage, though.

    I'm still not satisfied with the "parade" painting. I think that I need to put in shadows - I don't do shadows well for some reason.

    We'll talk later - thanks for being a friend!
    Ken B.

  3. You and I have the same 'camera relationships' Ken so well done on such a clear pic!

    Great composition and my only reaction to your 'Still needs something' is that just maybe your darks could be a little darker to bring out those beautiful colours!

  4. Hi Liz - you're absolutely right! I've been dancing around that issue and I seem to have an aversion to "shade" or "shadows". :-) As for the camera, well . . .

    This is my first "gallery wrap" painting where I'm painting the sides of the support. I don't know that I really like it but I'm putting the painting in a "floating" frame. "We'll see, we'll see", said the blind man.

    I'll talk at you later,
    Ken B.


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