Wednesday, December 17, 2014


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.


Elizabeth said...

What a splendid subject bikes are !
How infinite the possibilities!

fishducky said...

I REALLY like it!!

Terry and Linda said...

I think your colors are spot on!


Buttons Thoughts said...

Always LOVE to see your process. LOVE LOVE the result. Hug B

Val said...

Yes, the bottom one is nice. But something draws me to the top one.