It seems fitting that the guys in this painting are wearing coats. The weather is turning here and we haven’t really eased into Fall at all. There was literally a 20 degree drop in one day. Bizarre. Whatever. I’ve been looking forward to a respite from 90+ weather and now I have my wish. Another fitting thing about the subject matter of this work is that each year I go on a trip with a bunch of buddies to the beach, where we do nothing but shoot the shit, drink beer, play cards, etc. It’s a good getaway and the trip is coming up in a couple of weeks. This painting sort of feels like an old-time version of that. Very much looking forward to it.
This piece seems to be a swan song of sorts for my favorite marker. It’s really the secret weapon marker that allows me a great deal of latitude when it comes to achieving certain values that would otherwise be difficult to attain. I think I have found a trick for altering one of the other markers to fill the void. We’ll see how it turns out, hopefully it will work. I can’t tell what it is though… the magician has to keep some of his tricks a secret. 🙂 So, bon voyage, marker with the blue trim. You’ve done yeoman’s work.