Nell was going through a box that had been in a closet for several years, and she found these shoes. On the bottom of each one was a single word: “Ralph”. Mothers know things, and mine must have known even then that I was going to be a wanderer, because these were pretty sturdy. Then again, it could have been because I was a pretty stout little guy, and was probably going to need the support.
I’m continuing to experiment with the new M. Graham gouache that I was sent. I like it. As other gouache artists have said, it seems a bit creamier than the DaVinci that I normally use. I just wish they’d package it in larger tubes… and maybe bring the price down a little. I’ve determined that I’ll probably use it primarily for small things like these little still life pieces, where I need a little more detail. And maybe for some small landscapes, especially those with buildings or other structures. Considering the way I spread paint around on larger landscapes, I’m going to have to sell a lot more paintings before I can use the M. Graham exclusively.
In this little study of the shoes, I’ve used a palette of burnt sienna, hansa yellow, dioxazine purple and titanium white. The purple is something completely new for me. I’ve tended to stay with a very limited palette up to now, but I really liked using the purple in this little piece. Who knows what might come next. I may even learn to like alizarin crimson.
This was a really fun nostalgic painting to do.