It has been too long since I've bee out to the studio really painting. I have waited to the last minute to try to create something for the Oregon State University Art about Agriculture Competition. I don't have any past paintings that would pertain, so I have to come up with something new.
I started by looking through some old photos I had. I remembered taking pictures at a tulip field several years ago and searched through for those images. After weeks of the cold and more or less black and white world the snow has created I fell for the rows of color.
Yesterday I started working on the background, making sure to use very vivid colors. I had to create my working man figure from my memory, as I did not capture one on film, although I remember people walking out of the field with huge bunches of tulips.
So today I continued on the painting and then took a pause to debate what colors to put on the main figure--bright or neutral. How much detail should I add? I had to contemplate my options before forging ahead.
I opted for dark neutrals on the figure. Details are limited to a few lines to help the viewer interpret the scene. I softened the background by adding some pale evergreens behind the closer horizon of trees.
I had tried for a heroic WPA look to the worker. His stance is good, but I could enhance his look to be more muscular and tough.
What do you think?
All opinions are welcome. And remember you can click on the painting to enlarge it to full size.