|"Before Hours" - 12 x 12 inches - oil on canvas|
The Art on Main gallery is connected to two shops -- Eclectique and Le Gourmet Jardin. I came in to work early one Saturday morning before the other shops opened. As I glanced down the hallway to Ecletique, there was soft, morning light coming in through the sliding glass door. I just couldn't resist trying to capture that morning glow. Because Ecletique sells vintage finds, there were interesting (and challenging) objects to paint.
I started with a bright orange ground and primarily worked from back to front. I usually try to get the basic shapes, colors and values correct before adding the final details. Claire, the owner of Ecletique, was thrilled that I painted her shop and decided to buy the painting... a happy ending for both of us :)