|A Family on Summer Vacation|
oil on panel 12 x 9 inch
The vintage photo that inspired this piece was the same photo I used to paint Mother Daughter in Blue, Brown and White. Initially my attention was drawn to the woman with the girl on her lap, and as I painted I sort of grew attached to the whole group of people, feeling compelled to paint them as well.
I am assuming they are family, but I am not sure about that because the photo simply says Grandpa at Long Beach. It must have been a cool day, as they are dressed in coats and hats in the photo. I always think of southern California as warm and summery place. Perhaps on the day these folks were there, it was not...thus the long faces.
The color palette was also blue, brown and white (ultramarine blue, burnt umber and titanium white to be exact). In the mother daughter painting, I used raw umber rather than burnt umber. The raw umber makes it more green and the burnt umber is much more warm.
I wanted to keep things loose, not get too fussy with facial details or any detail for that matter. I wanted visible scratches and interesting lines too. It came together in the end, but it was challenging because of the number of people in it.
1935 photo reading "grandpa at Long Beach"
I feel as if I know them now. Isn't that strange?
Have a great rest of the week!