|Gesture Drawing: Barn with Cow and Cat|
I came very close to nixing the idea of a barn altogether, but I had promised I'd "think about it." While I was playing with gesture drawings at home, it hit me that I could bring the barn up really close and skip the roof altogether. That would solve the problem of the funny, shallow roof, and also fit the concept of a big barn right next to a newspaper office (the first town building). An open door with stalls and animals inside and a view out into the pastures in back would suit me: it's the kind of spacial interplay I love, and I could have a lot of fun with it ~ epecially the mini-landscape. This plan would solve the problem of the cow being too large, clunky, and "up front" ~ a fault I'd found with the original idea. It also solved a major problem (for me): the air-conditioner vent. Instead of painting it red (yuck!) or just ignoring it (yuck again), I decided to incorporate it into the mural as a stall. I came in Monday or Tuesday and showed Brenda my sketches. She loved the idea of the open barn. I ditched this earlier sketch (below) for a more concise and fun view (above).
|Gesture Drawing: Barn Facade with Several Cows|
|Barn Mural in the Beginning|
|1) Spotted Calf 2) Cow and Cat in Barn|
Mural: Monday-Tuesday, September 24-25, 2012 (Day 5 and 6 of drawing/painting)