Thursday, October 15, 2009

Summer Fun Remembered on Cold Fall Days


Bus Boys
9 x 12
oil on wrapped canvas

I've been waiting to paint this one and since the cool autumn days have arrived it's time to remember a little of the summer past. These boys were hollering and yahooing from the bus as they were transported back from their tubing trip down the lazy several kilometer long canal that runs the length of our little city from the lake on our north end to the lake on our south end. The trip takes about 4 hours unless you jump out half way and it's amazing to see the hundreds of floaties going by, many with their supplies of refreshments tied up alongside on their own rafts. There are running and biking trails that follow the route and it's a great way to spend an afternoon. I tried to stay loose on this putting down a thin transparent ultramarine blue wash over a dried acrylic orange base. While the wash was wet I worked in the colors. The boys were not easy to paint in having some body parts outside the bus and some in but I enjoyed the challenge.

2 comments:

Carrie Griesemer said...

I can hear them yelling! You really captured the moment in this painting, nice work!

Barb Hillier said...

Thanks Carrie - I had to ignore them as they saw me with the camera and wanted their photo taken so I was lucky to catch them after they gave up on me and were trying to get my fellow photo club members' attention.