Same Town Branch bourbon bottle, different color scheme.  This time the color scheme is analogous complements.

Town Branch Bourbon Whiskey from Kentucky

The dominant color is yellow/orange.  The analogous complements are blue, blue/purple and purple.  I started with a simple shape/value pencil sketch.

Preliminary pencil sketch

The painting became murky along the way.  The sketchbook paper is extremely thin and doesn’t accept watercolor easily.  I became side-tracked by the paper and lost sight of my basic shapes and values.  To pull it back I strengthened the mix of paint in the dark shapes and added a bit of white gouache to try pulling back some light shapes.  Though muddy, the composition is stronger than it was when I wandered too far from my little pencil sketch.

As promised, I will post the Game Rules soon.  Top priority today is to do my taxes…… grrrrrrrr.

Sketchbook painting: drawn first with Carbon Pencil followed by too many layers of watercolor and gouache.

Hidden in the shadows a figure’s hands danced across the keyboard.

Arne Englund playing keyboard

There were no shapes, no values, no colors to define the form behind the speakers, there was only the sound of the keyboard spilling out from the front of the room at Larry Holmes Ringside Restaurant.  To my surprise, I recognized the figure as Arne Englund who is running the Blues Jam while Todd Wolfe is on tour in Europe.  I’ve heard Arne sing, I’ve heard him play guitar and he has fabulous.  I hadn’t heard him play keyboard and, to my delight, discovered he is fabulous at that, too.

Such simplicity.  I started with pencil, realized that it was totally unsuitable for the moment and jumped right to watercolor strokes, inventing shapes and values that were indistinguishable where he stood in the shadows.

Limited palette of  dioxazine purple and aureolin.  The intermingling of the two pigments help to create the effect of the figure being in shadow

The stage lighting at the Larry Holmes Ringside Restaurant inspires pure bright color, even in the dark.

Maria Woodford Spillane Singing The Blues

The lights bring out the warm colors on the musicians, their flesh, the guitars and drums and the clothing they wear if it isn’t black.  The background colors in the paintings are usually invented based on providing a contrast against the value and color of the musicians’ hair and clothing.  When I paint at Porter’s Pub, I do not end up painting with pure colors.  I can only guess that it is the difference in the lighting that inspires the results.

I would love feedback from other artists who paint in the dark during live jams or performances.