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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Pamela's Truck - WIP #1

I worked on the drawing for the watercolor of this wonderful vintage truck painting yesterday and today. My friend Pamela Baker is a wonderful photographer and she has graciously allowed me to use her photographs as source pictures. What a treat!!! The size of the painting will be 22" x 15" and is on Canson Tientes 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.

I am drawing the truck by using grids- both on the photograph and on the watercolor paper. The drawing is done with a 2B pencil. This is going to be a really exciting painting for me! The truck is awesome, as you can see in the photograph above the drawing.

Posted by Barb Sailor

8 comments:

Cori Lynn Berg said...

Wow! I can't wait to see how this turns out! You know, I've never used the grid strategy. Perhaps it's a good way to have all those details and keep the composition?

Studio at the Farm said...

The photo is fabulous, and your sketch is looking VERY good! Can't wait to see some pigment on there.

AutumnLeaves said...

I so love these vintage truck and car pieces. This will be fabulous! That is a photo of the actual truck you are using? It almost looks like a photo of a painting! Beautiful in and of itself!

Barb Sailor said...

Cori - I feel that the grid is a good way to enlarge photographs because, basically, the artist is doing the drawing and not tracing. I feel that this makes it more original and your work. It does also help in keeping correct proportion. I use 16 squares(rectanges) but it can be broken down to 32 which makes it easier to capture details in proportion.

Barb Sailor said...

The photograph is fabulous. Pamela Baker is truly a photographic artist. I still have some drawing to finish on this one and hope to start painting soon.

Barb Sailor said...

AutumnLeaves - you know that I am addicted to doing paintings of vintage trucks and cars (and old falling down barns, also.) Yes - this is an actual photograph - the photographer, Pamela Baker, has an artist's eye for composition and color. She is wonderful. We plan to do a show together with her photos and my painting interpretations side by side in the future.

Barbra Joan said...

Oh yes,! Barb I've seen your vintage truck paintings .. I've always been attracted to them but never tried it..
This is going to be a good one!

Barb Sailor said...

Barbra Joan...Trucks are not difficult to paint - give it a try - I know that you would have no trouble.