“Thursday Morning Bounty”
I was invited by The Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach to do a demonstration painting at their annual Farm to Table event at The Nocatee Crosswater Hall. It was an evening full of music, art, live auctions, great food and drink. The original idea was for me to be outdoors plein air painting. I thought about starting a painting and finishing it on site but then felt a painting from the event’s surroundings would be much more enjoyable for the guests.
On the Thursday morning of the event, I was smart enough to check the afternoon weather forecast. A possibility of rain loomed. I decided on a Plan B (all artists should have one.) I figured a painting in the works might save my ass (and it did.) I set up a still life on my dining room table and began a drawing. I took a photo with my iPad as a reference and figured I could paint the painting from my iPad.
As the afternoon wore on, the thunderstorms moved in and there was a tremendous deluge that looked as if it would never stop. I drove to Nocatee and got soaked moving my gear inside the event space. It wasn’t until the room was filled with guests that the rain decided to stop. The sun came out, the air was fresh and it was a beautiful evening. I was already set up and painting inside with Plan B so, I remained indoors.
The guests were caught up with the live auction which began after dinner. Before dinner, they wandered by to see what I was doing.
“Is this painting going to be in the auction?” This was the most popular question.
“No, I’m just part of the entertainment…besides, I’m not through with it,” was my canned response.
Well, Ladies & Gentlemen, I am now through with it.
Painting Notes: I enjoy working on Hot Press paper. It usually sets you up for a bit more looser style of painting as the surface is smoother. In the initial composition, I was struck by the design of the window blinds and their relation to the other subjects in the painting. I did a lot of multiple color glazes on the oranges and red coffee cup which adds to the richness and depth of color. “Thursday Morning Bounty” is framed in a stunning presentation – in a method I earlier deemed, “The Pablo Process”: the finished painting is coated with multiple spray coatings of an archival UV varnish then mounted to Dibond, a composite aluminum surface, with a super, archival glue which is then mounted in a shadowbox frame. The painting’s deckled edges appear to float from within the frame. The overall effect is stunning and the painting requires no glass or mat board presentation. The big benefit here is that there are no unwanted reflections from glass. When properly hung and lit with good lighting, the work is quite dramatic and attention-getting.