Both of them I've had in my head for awhile, and this first one is actually based on a drawing I did last summer of our living room:
|charcoal on paper, 22" x 30"|
As I went back to the same spot to start the painting, I realized that I couldn't position my French easel to get the same vantage point as the above drawing. I was pushed back a few steps and to the left, which gave me a view with part of the wall over my left shoulder. The lamp shade in the lower corner came more into my field of vision and I thought this created an interesting tension in the resulting sketch I did:
|sketchbook drawing, 10" x 13"|
|oil on linen, 21" x 28 (in progress)|
|pencil drawing from sketchbook|
As I was drawing this sketch, my eyes and pencil gradually began creeping upward toward the ceiling. I included this in the sketch, but not the final design for the painting...I thought it had too much going on already, although I might return to this idea in the future.
|oil on linen, 21" x 28" (in progress)|