Friday, May 08, 2009

Afternoon in Jeddah

This one's been a long time in the making - especially if you count the amount of time I spent thinking about it before putting brush to paper. Even after I started it took me a fair amount of time to finish, partly because work has been time-consuming lately, and partly because this painting just took a while.

This is a full 22 X 30 inch sheet, so it's big for a watercolor. I've been doing that a lot lately - working large. I enjoy being able to add that level of detail, such as the title of the newspaper that's lying in front of the steps in the right hand middle ground. The resolution of this photo isn't good enough for you to read it, but if you were looking at the painting itself, you'd see that the newspaper is Al Riyadh.

Women in abayas are difficult to paint. No matter what you do, they look shapeless. Of course, that's the whole purpose of an abaya, so I suppose that means I'm getting it right. Still, it's not a very satisfying way to represent the human form.