The second cover completed but shown only in stages. Can’t reveal the finished piece until it’s published in September.
I used gouache for it’s richness of color, washiness similar to water color, and it’s compatibility for canvas board and drying quickly. It had to be finished and photo ready- can’t use oils.
Theme: Sunset Jazz in Frederiksted
. Once a month, the best local jazz performers hold an informal concert as the sun sets on the western end of the island. We bring chairs, blankets, Off, ( what did you think? ), and open ears. Free, and delightful.
I did small studies in a notebook to establish a color story and rescue my watercolor technique from the morgue. The beauty of gouache is that you can water it down or lay it on.
Did a larger sketch to place the key figures and work out details.
Then I hit the canvas board with pen and ink, ready to place the actual colors on the finished piece.
So now you’ve got hair and make-up but you can’t see the dress until the not fat lady at the magazine says ” I’m Singing “.
It’s otherwise summer torpor,
and watching geckos eating mangos.
One more secret confession: I’ve sold a painting that also can’t be revealed as it’s a surprise from the person who bought it to someone who reads this blog.
More fodder for a September post.