This is an oil on panel painting that is 16"x20". The painting is about the source of true warmth... it comes from love and friendship...
A Mary Washington college student sits on a cold wintery day savoring the taste and aroma of a hot Hyperion Latte.
Dressing in many layers she is oblivious to fashion. Warmth and comfort are her only concerns.
She looks to the streets of Fredericksburg. Her anticipation grows as she sees her approaching friends and the boy she loves. Warmth fills her.
Jay D. Anderson
I like your painting a lot. I love lightening. My eyes were driven to hands they look amazing, light and shadows are placed really well. The whole painting is so realistic that I get the feeling that this girl might actually turn her head and look at me :) I wish I could paint such realistic paintings.
This is a wonderful piece of art. I like the idea of warmth, comfort and pondering. (She actually is in fashion.) I almost don't want to hear the detail of the story though... not sure why. Maybe because I started to make a story of my own which did not match the details of your story. Maybe something to think about - telling a little but not too much.
If I had to nit pick I would say the the super bright/reflective parts of the paintings are a bit distracting. I would tone down the bright parts in the backgrounds so the bright parts in the foreground would be highlighted more. As it stands right now they all fight for the attention. Overall nice composition and painting.
Thanks... be a whole since I have been on. I keep forgetting your lesson of not "telling to much"... good advice. Got to try to do that. The painting is a public art piece purchased by the city of Fredericksburg, VA and it got stolen on Sept. 8. 2012 (my birthday!!). My artist, daughter, Jenna Anderson, offered to help me to put another up post haste. We did it.... painting a new one... not 3D this time though. New one is same depiction except she is looking directly at the audience and radiating an emotion I would say is like, "How dare you!" She is finishing her last few sips of coffee and has finished her Biscotti with only a few crumbs on the plate. There I go again... telling too much. Here is a link to the new image:
Note the armed guard... I had two armed guards from Accolade Security (ex-Marines fresh out of Iraq/Afghanistan). Instructed them to "Scan the audience for any general malfeasance or "art haters" [for which there were none]. Lots of security in the new piece including an anti-vandalism (anti-graffiti coating), 110 decibel vibration sensing alarms, GPS tracking... redundant power, 2300 pound test dynamic resistance tether and anchoring system. Will see how long this one lasts!
Good advice... I do believe that we humans visual system is designed to adapt to every changing visual scene and we see full dynamic range in every setting (whether it is darkened movie theater or a sunny beach) and so am always pushing the envelope in terms of the top -- whitest brightest whites and darkest blackest blacks. But it only take a "smidgen" of that white to extend the range. Curbed that some in the replacement painting (other one was stolen -- Fredericksburg's art heist of the century).
I was trying to indicate 30" of snow on the ground and in the street without showing the snow... lol. This is a UV active white that up-converts invisible UV wavelenght light into the visible range to attain an apparent reflectivity greater than 100%. Cameras can sometime exaggerate that effect... I shoot these images with a UV filter on the camera now. Thanks much for your constructive critique -- I used it in this image: