It’s an early Sunday morning and a father takes his son to the local airfield. He pilots his single engine Cessna for a few laps up in the sky. The sun is just breaking behind the clouds and it looks to be a beautiful day and a tradition now passes from father to son.
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Size: 40 x 30 x .75 inches
Signed bottom left
I start out with some loose coloring in the sky and foreground. Blocks of color are painted in to build up the composition.
More color, yellow, oranges, reds, and blues, are painted in the sky and the foreground area. Most of the ground is blocked in with brown at this point.
The sky is really starting to take shape now. Pink and orange is added in the clouds with a light blue in the background. The two figures and the plane are also painted in.
A light purple color is used in the clouds to create more depth and volume. The break in the yellow sun is really evident with the orange and purple contrast against the yellow.
Details are painted into the brown foreground area. The grass and dirt area of the flying field are painted in. This darkens the foreground, creating a nice contrast between the ground and the clouds. More of the clouds are filled in and detail work in the clouds is slowly added a little at a time. Much of the painting is fleshed out at this point.
More details are painted into the foreground area where the father and son stand. I also paint more of the clouds in the sky and give them volume. The blue in the sky is darkened and given more color.
Much more detail work and color is painted into the foreground area. The values in the clouds are lightened up a bit and the same goes for the blue sky.