A SERIOUS CASE OF NOSTALGIA FEVER!
Yes, I'm at it again! But this time it's a big one! I wanted to paint an old country store with people sitting on the porch, and in order to get those details in, it would be necessary to make it a larger painting. While I was deciding this I happened across a post on instagram by a Ky photographer of a really cool 1946 Chevy truck. I asked him if I could paint the truck and he gave me the go ahead. Well, instead of painting the truck by itself I decided that it would fit perfectly in this country store painting!
I have already given this painting a name and I've barely started it, sometimes it just happens that way. I remember the days when Saturday was the day to get dressed up and go into town for shopping and visiting. Those days still happen in small country towns and they can be very special. It is fun for the kids, important for the men, and sanity for the women. At one time, that's how men got the news and conducted business, women got recipes and gossip, and the kids just played with their friends. It was a time to relax for a little while with a cola on the front porch of the store, and to say hello to all those stopping by. (and everyone did) The store carried everything families needed, food, clothes, tools, pots and pans, animal feed and seeds, you name it! They even made wonderful sandwiches with country ham or any other meat you could want. A true one-stop shop.
I have chosen the name "THE GATHERING PLACE" and you will see why as it progresses. The painting is 22 x 28, I already had a canvas and frame in this size, so that's what I used.
I have blocked in the store. After having painted so many barns, etc, I am now able to get these buildings correctly proportioned without having to check and recheck the lines. It sure took long enough, I was getting tired of having to measure with a yardstick! It is true that with practice you can learn to "eyeball" your perspective. BTW, the dark spot in the sky is where I started a tree (leaves) and then realized I was tired and needed to stop for the night. It is very interesting that the building has dimension even though it is just blocked in. this is all due to the different colors used, the dark under the roof of the porch, the floor of the porch being light, etc. The setting is early afternoon so there won't be long shadows.
I was going to add two men talking at the front of the truck, but I will put the front end of a car at the far left to fill in that space, then I will decide if I will have a man and wife getting out of the truck and greeting the people on the porch or the two men talking. To decide, I will draw both scenarios out with charcoal and see which looks better. I need to tie all the individual pieces together so drawings will tell me which unites the overall scene better.
I am anxious to finish this piece and get it to the photographer to start the process for prints. I have had a tremendous amount of interest in this painting! Apparently it strikes a chord with a lot of people. Many have told me that it looks just like the store they went to in their area of the country. I know many of those stores looked a lot like this one. Probably the only difference would be in color and maybe an added gas pump. I think perhaps it reminds people of a slower paced time when we knew our neighbors and had time to relax and visit for a spell.
I think it is finally finished! I compromised and placed one person going up the steps and one standing in front with foot on bumper. It just seemed the best solution to me. I brought up the color of the clothes of the seated girl and man so the focal point is more definite. I also added lighter color to the tree foliage and shadows on the building from the big tree and finally I made tire tracks up to the truck to lead the eye into the painting. I will look at it for a few days in case I see something else that needs work and then I will varnish it and call it done!
NOTE: The paintings look slightly fuzzy as they are low resolution which protects them from being copied.
|"THE GATHERING PLACE"|
22 X 28