Saturday, July 12, 2008

Drawing


Painted with Nashville Plein Air this morning and we painted on a pedestrian bridge that crosses the Cumberland River at Two Rivers Park. This bridge connects the greenways on one side of the river to the greenway system on the other side. I think ultimately they are going to connect them all so you may be able to walk the entire distance of the Cumberland that runs through Davidson County. It was my first visit there and it is a very impressive bridge. Very attractive.
Anyway, to stand where I stood and paint the view I did (it was the only shade) was a perspective lesson. I had to really pull out all the perspective skills I could muster. It seems everytime I paint, each painting presents its own challenges, whether it is values, colors, edges, etc. etc. there is always that one test, that one thing you notice that you really have to work at (sometimes it's more than one). In this painting it was those wonderful geometric shapes and curves that all fall back into points in space. Those tricky little proportions and shapes and lines that make it " look right" spatially. I spent more effort in the drawing than the actual painting.
I hope eventually they are able to build the entire greenway system that they have invisioned. By the look of the number of people that were on it today, it is something wanted and needed in our city.

6 comments:

C. Ousley said...

Paul Lenk would approve.

Kevin Menck said...

There were moments there I was actually trying to conjure the ghost of Paul Lenk to walk me through it.
" Oh Gosh, ya' know, that reminds me..."

C. Ousley said...

He taught us well. "Yer darn tootin"

Carol DeMumbrum said...

Awesome paintings Kevin!! Funny, I stumbled on Chris's blog and then typed in your name to see what you have been up to. I have not talked to you since LifeWay days, but I have seen your paintings in the gallery at Leiper's Fork. I have been inspired! Trying to paint more lately. I have two boys and work part time, so I don't have too much time. I decided today I am going to have to make the time!

I was at Harris with Chris— and I know Mr. Lenk would approve!! Small world!

Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kevin Menck said...

Carol! Where in the world have you been?
If you read this blog again go to my website and e-mail me. It would be fun to catch up.

Kevin Menck said...

Carol! Where in the world have you been?
If you read this blog again go to my website and e-mail me. It would be fun to catch up.