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Final Painting of the Summer

October 2, 2017

Over the summer I managed to complete twelve paintings, some I’ve yet to share with you. Two of my more successful paintings were inspired by photographs posted by fellow bloggers, and I appreciate being given permission to use them as inspiration for my paintings. The photograph that inspired my last painting was taken by Tabor at One Day at a Time.


Over the weekend I added finishing touches to Chess Game. I completed it just in time; this weekend it began raining and the temperature dropped nearly twenty degrees. My days of painting in the warm garage are over, at least for now. I can handle the cold but the light is now too poor for me to paint effectively. Mrs. Chatterbox is serious about me finding studio space but I have a hard time validating the expenditure since I’ve yet to get serious about marketing my paintings.


The last time you saw Chess Game it looked like this:



           After many hours at my easel I ended up here:





 The completed Chess Game (oil on canvas 36”x36”)



As you can see, I decided to keep the dog, who wasn’t in the photograph. I took considerable time painting all those pesky pavers, and the coat worn by the Jewish man provided a real challenge. His coat is black, but I didn’t use black paint to create it. Black paint tends to look flat and lifeless so I mixed Prussian blue and burnt umber. I think it came out satisfactorily, and Mrs. C. loves the buttons. CJ’s favorite part is the car, the only one I’ve ever painted. CJ told me what make and model it is, but I can’t remember.




I also spent considerable time on the white t-shirts worn by the two chess players. White is seldom used straight from the tube since nothing in nature is absolutely white, but my camera isn’t good enough to pick up on the details and subtle colors. I seldom use a palette knife in my work but this time I branched out; most of the foliage and the tree trunk were added with a palette knife, a decision I made to avoid the look of too much realism.






Although I won’t be painting for a while, I’ve decided to tackle another form of pictorial art, something I’ve never tried but can accomplish indoors without strong daylight. Hopefully, I’ll have something to show soon.


I’ll be posting on Wednesday but then I’m off to Las Vegas to attend CJ’s wedding to the lovely Andrea. From there we’re driving to Palmdale, California, to look at that mysterious piece of desert property my parents purchased fifty years ago. If I manage to find it, I’ll be the only one in my family to have laid eyes on it. Then Mrs. C. and I are driving to Palm Springs for some fun in the sun. I’ll be back in a few weeks.


Take care everyone, and enjoy the fall colors if you can.



Note: Just heard about the tragic shooting in Las Vegas. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. So terrible. CJ's wedding is at Red Rock Resort twenty miles from the strip.




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It turned out amazing. Smart not to use straight black. Send that twenty degrees drop our way please.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on October 2, 2017
My eye is drawn to the bulldog of course. Congrats to CJ!
By: PT Dilloway on October 2, 2017
The painting turned out great. Best wishes to CJ & Andrea!!
By: fishducky on October 2, 2017
Well....perhaps you should think about having an "Open Studio" exhibit or research different galleries that might be suitable for your great paintings! Best wishes to CJ nad his lovely bride! xoxo
By: Kathe W. on October 2, 2017
Wonderful! You are one talented chatterbox, my friend.
By: Al Penwasser on October 2, 2017
I hope the wedding is all happy times. My favorite part of the painting is the man's arm stretched out across the back of the bench. He's concentrating, but he's open to what comes his way. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on October 2, 2017
Very, very nice end product, Stephen! Congratulations to your son and his fiancee and I hope your trip goes well. Stay safe.
By: jenny_o on October 2, 2017
You should sell prints of your pictures. Hope you have a wonderful time on your trip, best wishes to the happy couple, and enjoy Red Rocks, i understand it is an amazing place.
By: messymimi on October 2, 2017
Thanks for the creative insight. The finished piece is excellent. Happy times at the wedding and Happy trails on your travel. Enjoy PS.
By: Tom Cochrun on October 2, 2017
Well done! My favorite parts are the pavers, and the leaves at the top, to the left of the tree trunk. Something about the light on them.
By: Val on October 2, 2017
I just love that painting. You really did a marvelous job and the message is comforting. Maybe we all can get along. Congrats to CJ and hope you take pictures of the wedding.
By: Arkansas Patti on October 2, 2017
One of the best parts of your paintings is the explanation of how you accomplished the things you wanted.
By: Red on October 2, 2017
You do beautiful work Stephen. Grandpappy who is a fellow blogger did a watercolor of one of my pictures several years ago. I was flattered and the painting turned out beautifully. Travel safe. Congratulations to CJ and his bride to be.
By: Rick Watson on October 2, 2017
Beautifully done (as always). Congratulations to CJ and Andrea, and your entire family.
By: Mitchell is Moving on October 3, 2017
good job! you should really try and find a gallery.
By: Ellen Abbott on October 3, 2017
Perhaps one of my favorites, all inclusive harmony. An old Jewish man, a black man and a young white kid. I love it. Best wishes to C.J.
By: Hilde on October 3, 2017
Wow, the painting turned out fabulously! Perhaps Mrs. C has enjoyed her alone time while you're in the garage? What price is marital bliss? Just kidding :)
By: The Bug on October 3, 2017
Needless to say I am thrilled to have been an inspiration in a small way. Thanks! Really enjoyed your description of how you got your colors. We took a short tour of Vermeer paintings on our last trip and the fellow also talked about how difficult it was to come up with black.
By: Tabor on October 3, 2017
Wonderful painting and thanks for the insight into it. Prayers that you have a safe trip next week and an enjoyable wedding for your son!
By: sage on October 3, 2017
Interesting to find out how art is created. Most of us never think about it - black is black and white is white, and that's it. Congratulations to CJ and Andrea! My husband and I got married in Las Vegas 28 years ago.
By: Pixel Peeper on October 3, 2017
Mastery of your destination... get going on the studio. This painting can hang in your gallery.
By: Daniel LaFrance on October 3, 2017
Congratulations to your son. My brother speaks fondly of Palm Springs so I know you are in for a good time. I've been working on art projects too. Prussian blue and burnt umber eh? That's an interesting mix but the black does indeed work very well. I love the pavers. As I was looking at the painting, I wondered how long you spend on those.
By: Michael Offutt on October 4, 2017

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