painting will be based on a 'play on words'. I'm
going to combine a couple of pull toys (toys on
wheels) with a used car lot setting. If you look
at the photo above, you'll see a building that
houses the sales office, with its (soon to be
colored) flags suspended between the sales office
roof and a couple of light poles. On the left is
a Fisher Price "Chatter Telephone" and
on the right is a Fisher Price
"Pull-A-Tune" xylophone. Note that both
pull toys are 'phones' of some sort. You can see
a white piece of cardboard standing between the
two toys. This is where I will place the
salesman. His job is to sell these vehicles,
giving me the title of this painting... "Sell
thought I looked like a car salesman, so
she took the duty of going up the ladder with the
camera and shot me as I went through the poses. I
tried to look like I was a little bored and was
on the lookout for my next customer.
canvas size for this painting is 20 x 24. Here
are a couple of steps, showing the toy phone
the significant change when the shading is
begin the xylophone by painting the note bars
their respective colors. I've also painted the
I painted the wheels and the graphics that are in
the shaded area of the toy.
the shaded areas and cast shadow rendered, the
xylophone takes shape.
the pose that told the story...
a look at the whole canvas.
is going in on the back wall.
with the flags and office overhang.
I am painting the blue accent color on the
will help me determine how dark to paint the
white part of the building which is in the shade.
grays on the building vary from warm (closest to
the sunlit ground) to cool (higher up on the
dark shadow, cast by the building down onto the
asphalt, makes the blue accent look lighter.
painted in a preliminary color (warm in tone) for
the asphalt and I'm testing grays for the
painting is now completely blocked in.
darkened the blue design and door on the back
wall, making the figure stand out more.
for its cast shadow, the telephone is rendered in
its final paint.
what my palette looks like when I have to paint
an object with many colors. Note that each color
has four or five hues.
decided to put a trash can in the background to
the left of the door. It helps to keep the
viewer's eyes from moving off the canvas.
that is left to paint is the back wall, the
colored flags and the salesman.
salesman is ready for business.
back wall and the flags are painted. When it
completely dries, I will give it a coat of
varnish which will bring out some of the colors
that have flattened when they dried.
then, "Sell Phones" is done!