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And now for something completely different….

the old reflecting in the new, 2010 by frank eberI haven’t been producing anything I like lately so I will post one of my paintings from my travels instead. To be honest, there wasn’t so much time to paint for me in the last couple weeks. I had a job working for Jim Belushi last week and it took all my energy. This week looks much better though!

I call this one The New reflecting the Old. This plaza is in Vienna and it looks good at any time during the day, but when the late afternoon light hits those umbrellas and the reflection of the old building appears in the glass structure it is simply amazing!

I tried to keep things very simple, just focusing on the mood. As you can see in the close-up, I didn’t really paint out the figures. I used a very small squirrel mop brush loaded with a fair amount of pigment. Some artists say you cannot draw and detail with a squirrel mop because they are too soft. True, but that’s exactly what I want. I mean, I let the brush do the work and hope it’ll look like figures in the end. This time it worked! Of course, I tried to do this again last week and it didn’t… Now I am looking at this and ask myself, how did you do that?people on the square

Time to stop analyzing. Wasn’t it Cezanne who said: As soon as I start thinking during painting, it all goes downhill. I completely agree, I have the same problem! Just paint and keep your intellect out of it as much as possible. Definitely easier said than done!