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wahla
11-07-2013, 04:10 PM
I was born in Fort Worth and spend half my life in the town of Mason (deep in the heart of Texas). The were several areas that the town folk gathered: pharmacy, bank and the barber shop to hear the last news or just to say howdy to friends.

So, having gotten a photo of my Grandfather with his friend I decided to paint the situation. Here is the starting point to which I spent the afternoon finalizing and starting the actual painting. My work is not very quick so follow up post might be quite a spell...

The canvas for this "study" is 18 x 24 hot press 140 lbs paper.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Nov-2013/1359730-Texas_Folklore.JPG

Yorky
11-07-2013, 05:58 PM
Looking forward to seeing this develop. There's so much detail.

Doug

pjartwc
11-08-2013, 03:57 AM
A great start.

iroquois
11-08-2013, 08:28 AM
Will be interesting to see what all the signs say.....James

wahla
11-09-2013, 10:12 AM
Developing the paint will require a balance of the dark area of the rock (shadow from the overhang) with the light color of the processed limestone. Then to give other areas of the painting a realism that will be at the level of the "natural" rock at the top of the painting.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Nov-2013/1359730-Texaschat4resize.JPG

Cyntada
11-09-2013, 12:46 PM
It's coming alive with all that color... I'll stay tuned!

noge
11-12-2013, 08:18 AM
:wave: Ist an extremly difficult motive :wave:
I dont know your grandpas photo but dont copy it - I would paint it simpler smaler and easier

Good luck :heart:

wahla
11-12-2013, 12:04 PM
Update
Add to few new details that seem to hold their own relative to the starting point keeping that effort of both color and realism.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Nov-2013/1359730-Texaschat6-1.jpg

wahla
11-12-2013, 12:10 PM
:wave: Ist an extremly difficult motive :wave:
I dont know your grandpas photo but dont copy it - I would paint it simpler smaler and easier

Good luck :heart:

The original photo is only represented by the bench and the two elderly friends. All the other aspects are a composite of many aspects of "going to town": grocery store, boarder collie (went everywhere with Grandpa) the barbershop (not in original photo), rodeo, ride, etc. Thanks for the feedback

wahla
11-13-2013, 12:00 PM
The weekend and holiday allowed for a few additions to the painting and progress seems to keep going well (at least in the eyes of the one with the brush) considering the colors have been able to center the attention to the subjects at hand...(at the point just need to be colorized).

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Nov-2013/1359730-texaschat7.JPG

wahla
11-15-2013, 08:19 AM
His old faithful companion by his side as he enjoys a chat...(well, once they both have a bit more color!)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Nov-2013/1359730-Texaschat8.JPG

wahla
11-16-2013, 12:00 PM
Bring the two friend into the era of color...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Nov-2013/1359730-texaschat13.JPG

Cyntada
11-17-2013, 08:58 AM
Looking really good, Charles!

wahla
11-17-2013, 12:39 PM
Progression has completed the grocery shopping and some highlights on the two cowboys.

Here is a study of most of the major components. Showing details in the web forum is cannot be done (enlarge photos) so one needs to photo close ups:
Cowboy #1
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1359730-texaschatcowboy1.JPG

Cowboy #2
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1359730-texaschatcowboy2.JPG

Man's best friend

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1359730-texaschatdog.JPG

Grocery shopping done

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1359730-texaschatgrocery.JPG

Coin operated ride
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1359730-texaschatride.JPG

Glass work

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1359730-texaschatglasswork.JPG

Coke ad signhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1359730-texaschatcoke.JPG

Bench

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1359730-texaschatbench.JPG

Rodeo ad

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1359730-texaschatrodeo.JPG

so, most of the parts seem to be fitting well and the whole will be finished soon

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Nov-2013/1359730-Texaschat14.JPG

wahla
11-18-2013, 02:15 PM
While I understand the use of complementary colors to show shading/shadow there area above the black light has many multicolors. This is one of the final check list items to do...

Any suggestions/recommendations:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Nov-2013/1359730-texaschat17shadowshadequestion.JPG

olliewood0702
11-20-2013, 11:26 AM
I missed seeing this as a WIP, Charles, but I saw it in the gallery. Nice piece of Americana.