May 29, 2009

"Recharging my creative batteries"

I am heading out on my annual pilgrimage to Lake George, New York for the Americade rally. As some of you know, my other passion is motorcycling and I look forward to this event like a little kid anticipates Christmas. Billed as the largest touring rally in the United States, it has much to ofter - great roads, old friends, demo rides from almost every manufacturer and the largest collection of touring rider vendors assembled in one place called the tour expo. If you ride and have not gone to Americade you are missing a good time. It doesn't get any better than riding through the Adirondacks and the Finger Lakes. I will be gone for a week so there will be no new paintings posted for a while. I am having some doubts about the intense red of yesterdays painting and may tone it down with a glaze when I return. Let me know it you concur with this observation.

7 comments:

smellyrhinostudio said...

A ride sounds great! Clear your head and get some bug protein in the process!

I love the German shephard, beautiful! I suppose a little glaze might be helpful to not pull away from the portrait.

Joanne said...

Hi Mark,
I definitely agree with a bit of glazing just to make the Shepherd pop out, and not compete with the background. It will also pick up those gorgeous red highlights in his fur which are not so evident with the background being so intense.
Have a fabulous time on your vacation!

susan southard said...

Have a safe and enjoyable trip!

Mark Adams said...

Tanned, rested and ready, I am back at the easel. Thanks for the comments girls. While I was away the painting settled down nicely. Part of the problem was that I over-saturated the photo of the painting. It is much more subtle on person.

susan southard said...

Glad to have you back! Looking forward to seeing your next work of art!

Paintdancer said...

Wouldn't touch it. The strong red is not what the eye focuses on. In my opinion it draws the eye to the shepherd where the subtle reds in his coat mingle amicably with the background, which adds the final drama to an excellent pet portrait.

Mark Adams said...

I agree with your observations, Maryanne, and came to the same conclusion. Thanks for your input.