A Remarkable Year
317 19th ST NW
Canton, Ohio 44709
I love bicycles. I love riding trails near home and riding the bike lanes here
and there. I'm always looking for a bike rider to include in a painting. Most of
the time the bike and rider are just an accidental contributor to my thought
process. That is what happened in this painting, "Riding the Bike Lane II".
We were on our west coast swing doing the tourist's thing at Fisherman's
Warf in San Francisco. The day was perfect with bright sunlight that created
rich shadows. Pedestrians were in abundance and a group of biker riders,
probably a family, passed by. I'm always ready with a point and shoot
camera or my iphone. I snapped several frames and knew I had the makings
of a good composition. Good fortune comes to those who wait. I made some
adjustments to the position of the rider and added some pedestrians in
strategic locations to end up with a bicycle painting that I'm happy with.
I video recorded the process of designing this painting from the layout, the
digital collage to the first unsuccessful try then the second drawing and the
final painting. I presented the recorded process to a couple of my art groups
as a recorded demonstration.
The videography was fun but I know now that I have more to learn about
RIDING THE BIKE LANE II
20 X 30
Watercolor on cold press illustration board
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