Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Yellow Hat

yellow hat

For this month’s Virtual Paintout I wandered the streets of Detroit. I saw lots of derelict buildings. Lots. Sometimes, those can be good subjects for painting but these were mostly very large buildings that I didn’t think would work well for the small format I wanted to do this month. And the sheer number of them made me a little sad. I was beginning to think I might just skip this month’s paintout. Finally, I spotted a yellow hat. A yellow hat in front of a pink building. On a figure in an interesting pose. A figure who would fit perfectly on a little 5×7 panel. Done!



July was a little rough around here and I didn’t get much painting done. I did, barely, get this painting finished for Virtual Paintout’s July location of Charleston, South Carolina. Berlin’s, oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″. It’s been a while since I painted on canvas but I had the size canvas I wanted and didn’t have a panel that size, so canvas it was. If I had had any idea of how July was going to play out, I’d have stuck with the little panels I’ve been using for the paintout instead of going larger.  Anyway, on to Detroit, Michigan for August.