Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Running Boy With Dog - Anatomy of a Painting
I first scanned a painting done by my mother in the 1960s or 1970s of a beach in Santa Barbara (see below), then digitally added the following:
1. A cut-out of a boat also painted by J.L. Autrey
(see further below)
2. A cut-out of Newfe the dog running (a rare event) photographed in Portland this year (see below)
3. A cut-out of one of the neighbor Smith kids I played with in the 1950s (see polaroid photo below taken in our El Sueno yard in Santa Barbara).
I put all the pieces together and printed out a digital composite to use as reference. But when I tried to paint my digital composite, I hated it so I painted over most of the background and then added some houses and smoking stacks from a painting by Hungarian artist Tivadar Csontvary Kosztka of Castellammare Di Stabia
Without the computer, it would surely have been harder to combine paintings and photographs of Santa Barbara, Portland and Hungary to come up with a new painting in the old medium of oil on canvas.