Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Popham Light, Rhode Island
I did this piece for one of my fellow artists at Spring Bull Gallery. He commissioned each artist in the gallery to draw or paint a Rhode Island lighthouse in which he will mat and frame together as a collection. I was given Popham Light in East Providence. I've included my reference photo which is a pretty basic photo; regarding color and structure of the buildings. I took the photo at the time of day when the sun was hitting and creating strong shadows. What attracted me the most were the red roofs so I decided to accentuate the red by working the drawing on red paper. This will also make the whole piece glow and give it a warm, unified look. I chose to work on red Canson paper and decided to give the piece a painterly effect while still showing structural detail in the lighthouse. Here is the final outcome, I left the drawing uncropped so you can see the color of the paper.