I came across the bicycle rack on campus one morning last April. Sunlight was streaming through a break between tall buildings and bouncing off all the shiny metal surfaces.
I took a few photos of the little scene and even created a blog post about playing with one of the pictures in Photoshop.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when I was looking for inspiration for my next painting.
I remembered the bicycle rack and brought up one of the snapshots for another look.
I decided to try and capture the memory of that sunny spring morning in a painting.
The first big chore was to simplify that very detailed subject and create a value drawing.
Then I used tracing paper and a felt marker to draw out the edges.
After a few days and hours I came up with this finished painting. Still, some of the colors looked a little muddy and others weren’t as intense as I would have liked.
So back to the drawing board. Hoping I’d made most of my mistakes the first time I came up with this final version. I’m calling it, “Bicycle Rack.” Not very imaginative, perhaps, but I’m sticking to it.