This is the University Chicken Grill. There are good chicken wraps and chops there. The grill is across from the University of Miami, and the seats there are Orange and Green.
Color is important.
As Myrna Wacknov (a very talented and adventurous artist) taught me, learned treatises have been written on color. And I've absorbed just a fraction of what I need to know.
So how does an artist choose colors? I know that for most works I scrutinize my colors and try for balance across the page.
For this one I had trouble deciding what color to paint the jacket of the blonde woman on the left. But ultimately my decision was made. And I'd like to give you a glimpse into my process.
I painted part of this at the Chicken Grill itself. But parts were painted elsewhere as I was sitting at a booth at another restaurant. And as I was painting, a young girl, curious and fearless, about 7 years old, walked up to me and asked if she could see what I was doing. So I showed her this page of my watercolor Moleskine, and some other works-in-process. Her parents looked on nervously, so I gave them a reassuring smile. Satisfied, the girl walked back to them.
About ten minutes later she came back, with her younger brother in tow. He was about 5.
"Can I watch you paint?" the girl asked.
"Why sure!" I said.
"Oh boy!", said her younger brother. And as the girl leaned over to see, her younger brother hopped up on the booth seat next to me to watch as well.
"And it has to be red!" said the boy.
And that's how I chose the color.
3 years ago