Sears #6 and Sears #7
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for... having new Sears paintings to share! After that last update, I promptly finished five paintings. Then spent a couple weeks noodling around with a sixth that in retrospect didn't need any noodling. Then spent more weeks sending things out to be photographed. Anyway, here are the first two in the parade of new Sears that begins now and will continue throughout the weekend.
This was the last Sears of the trip. We rolled into Flagstaff just as the sun was dipping over the horizon. Soon, it was dark, and we treated ourselves to a celebratory meal at Ruby Tuesday.
To make this painting, first I painted everything in normal full-strength colors:
After waiting a couple days for it to dry, I smeared it with a semi-transparent layer of black. This creates the illusion of literally seeing through darkness. Finally, when the black layer was dry, I re-did the brightest spots (the glowing sign). This is a technique I learned in my days of painting Lennie Briscoe.
I already painted this Sears. But I felt something was lacking, a certain immediacy if you will (art word for quickness + expressiveness). So I made a smaller version, with a limited palette, and made myself not go back and fix anything.