The show at Art on Broadway for March, "A Way In: Windows and Doors" motivated me to pull out my photos from our two trips to France. I had wanted to paint the doors in Bayonne since we found the Nadal Ancestor who lived there in the 1800s and the specific apartments she had lived in still as they were when she was alive. I loved the colors of this door since it represents French colors. I loved the shadows on the doors and from the lamp. This is the first in the series. Check out my "News" tab for going to see the show and the two paintings that were juried in of mine.
In both of these paintings I wasn't satisfied with the texturing that I got from my usual techniques. The paintings were basically done but just lacked the color and pizazz I wanted to see. So I added "gesso juice" to the entire surfaces, except the doors. There is a lot of contrast in this second door which is very fancy and painted smaller than the first one. I think it improved them so I am happy. Both paintings are 15x11.
Sharing my paintings with others is one of the joys in my life. Educating others about how I paint and the media I use is very important and why I wanted to reach out through this blog. Hope you will add a comment about what you see.