This painting is from a trip to Israel my husband and I took in March of 2019. There two totally opposite kinds of people live in a very small area, As I move through this painting I am going to attempt to illustrate this very tense and potentially volatile scene. My intention is to roll out updates over the next two months until the painting is completed.
“At this stage in the process, I am trying to make friends with the people in the painting. I know by now what they are thinking. There are several different techniques employed to achieve the effects I am trying to convey. The rough stone pavement is scrapings of dry paint from my pallet. The bright colored rugs will be much toned down in the final piece but the detail is done with a tiny brush and also by scratching lines into dark paint over light. Turns out, painters just mostly dabble.”
This is the awkward stage of the painting. It is at this point where the artist must have a clear view of the final image or it is very easy to get lost in trying to achieve something that does not exist. At this stage, nothing is really right, values, composition and balance are incomplete. I have to trust my instincts. No, I do not have a photo to go by. I must more or less intuitively know if it is all going to come together in the end. The elder Jewish man contrasting with the young Arab man is a part of the statement. The facial expressions are very important. The contrast of dark and light is very important. It is all exciting to strive for. I like to put a little texture on the surface and then play it up or play it down as I get toward the finished piece.