Friday, July 23, 2010

"Sea of Green Umbrellas"

This is another painting from my recent Block Island workshop. The day was overcast and I was having problems "settling in" on a subject to paint in town this day. Then, all of a sudden, the owner of this cafe came outside to open all his umbrellas on the patio. Wow! There was this huge horizontal strip of green going through my vision. It looked like a Sea of Green. I found an out-of-the-way spot to park myself for the day and was so lost in thought about how I wanted to say what I needed to say. I worked towards simplification of the shapes, trying not to get hung up on all the little details of the scene. I had no shadows to consider, since the sky was a perfect New England grey. The colors were just popping out!