Read to Me, 12 x 16
Well, one week from tomorrow is the long-awaited departure day for France - yay! The Provence workshops are upon us ... there was a meeting at Huff Harrington yesterday to go over packing light, yet adding a few last minute art supplies, and details for the train to Avignon, etc. Of course, Ann and Sarah served champagne and tarte jambon to the attendees, and we toasted to the soon-to-be-realized dream of painting and just breathing l'essence de Provence!! (I am bringing my computer and hope to post from Les Murets).
The painting above has a certain gentle spirit that I sought - I spent lots of time refining the expressions and focus of the children, while trying to avoid too much detail. I sketched like crazy before applying paint -- not sure whether that was a good idea, since it kept me a bit literal. BUT - I really wanted to be exact in catching the flow.
Sketch (unfortunately on a reddish-tinted board, which drove me crazy) is pictured below. You can see that I was really working the angles.