24 x 36
Oil on Canvas
I usually paint from life or my own photographs. Often I will start from life then finish up with a photo reference. Sometimes I think I am smart enough to finish up with no reference but I soon learn I still need guidance. It is a good exercise for me and I am constantly learning and pushing myself. I mention my methods because this painting was done from a photo reference that is not mine. My brother, Dan Bennett, is a photographer and I love his work. When I saw this photo I was so happy with the gesture and composition I asked if I could please paint it. After checking with his model I was given the go ahead and set out painting. I changed a few things but left the girl and umbrella essentially the same. I love the bright yellow shirt and blue umbrella. Getting to paint the blue hair and profile was a bonus.
Painting challenges me and I am constantly experimenting to improve my work. I have been working with a limited palette lately and really enjoying it. It has forced me to work on my colors more...to really figure out which colors I need to mix to achieve my goals. Right now my palette is
Cad yellow light
Cad red light
I sometimes put some black on my palette but find I do better without it so I am trying to wean myself from it.
You can see some of Dan's work at http://www.shotophoto.com/f700133950