Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ellie's Blue Hat

Inspired by my visit to the Tinney Contemporary art gallery in Nashville, Tennessee (see post of August 23 - yes, ashamedly that was the last time I posted), I was driven to produce a painting along the lines of true realism.  This type of realism is referred to as hyper-realism, photo-realism, extreme-realism, and other some such labels.

Had a great photo of my granddaughter caught unawares wearing this great, floppy, blue-weave hat.  I loved the pose and wanted to challenge myself with the hat.  Well, I don't know what I was thinking because trying to get hyper-realism on that hat - may not be impossible for some - but it was definitely the hardest thing I've ever attempted to do and I am definitely not happy with it. In fact there are other things I am not happy with, but I've stressed over it enough for now and letting you all see it.  I feel it is unfinished, but I'm posting it here and letting it rest on my easel, (as it has for the past two months) until I can see if I want to tackle it further.

Ellie's Blue Hat - 20x16 oil on canvas

Thanks for visiting. I gotta get to starting another piece. HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!