Thursday, October 20, 2011

Closing Time - Step-by-step

I thought I would share the step-by-step process of this small study. I have been wanting to do a series on this subject for some time, but this is quite a departure from the subject matter I have been painting, so I was a little apprehensive to start. I kept my palette limited to Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Black and White. Keeping the colors limited allowed me to focus on the values and mood of the painting.
The Barber's name is J.R., and I have been bringing my son, Alex, to his shop for the past 12 years. The shop is a small, cinder block building built in the 1950's, and it is located in a rural area of our County. The first time I stepped inside this building, I felt like I was going back in time. This shop is so much more than a place that locals come to get their hair cut, colored, or teased - yes, women are regular customers too. It is a local institution where a community comes together to share stories, experiences and their lives with each other. 

9" x 12"
Oil on Board

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  1. Thankyou so much for sharing your process of painting Maria! Love the composition,and painted with such finesse.There is so much to look at and be impressed with...the shine of the leather chair,his white shirt....Fabulous!

  2. I like your painting and the way you comment the process.

  3. This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing your process. I could look at this painting for a long time . . . so many wonderful details!




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