A few weeks ago, I was asked by an old friend to do a painting. I knew him when I was in high school, and missed him when he moved away. It is always good to hear from him, and when he wanted me to do a painting for him, I was more than glad to. But, he wanted something big. And big for me is a little scary. I never like to spend several days working on something, then have it get away from me in the end. And for big paintings, that possibility is greatly increased. I have spent a week or more on something, and have it end up being a waste of time and paper. But, I was up for the challenge this time. My friend has a brother who is a great photographer, and he chose an image from a shot his brother had taken to be the basis for the painting. And I went to work. Two weeks later, I finish the painting, and am so happy with the result. I liked it so much, I started another painting the same size, because I liked the impact it had. This may have sparked a whole new enthusiasm for large work. Now I just need to find a good place for 30 x 40" frames.
Anyways, I want to thank Jon Petty for getting me out of my comfort zone with the size of the painting, and his brother Nathan Petty for supplying such a great image. Please check out more of Nathan's photography work at nathanpetty.com
Watercolor 22 x 30"