Soft or bright light is usually what causes me to want to paint a particular scene. Everywhere I go, especially when downtown, I take photos from my iphone, always looking for a mood or a design of lights and darks that catches my eye. I rarely have something in mind when photographing scenes to paint, if the lighting is right, I shoot it and spend hours at home on my computer deciding what to paint from the references. Once I decide, I prefer to go back to the scene during similar lighting situations and paint “en plein air” to get a better feel for it. I work in oils, usually on small gessoed panels, but recently I have been working larger, on stretched linen or canvas. I paint using the fat over lean method, which means I start out blocking in the largest shapes with paint that is thinned with odorless mineral spirits, then I define those shapes using more oil and thicker paint.
From downtown, take Pendleton Street into the Village of West Greenville. Take a right onto Lois Ave. Merge right onto Woodside Ave and then stay left to remain on Woodside Ave. Woodside Ave will turn into Smythe St once you cross over Parker Rd. White Whale Studio will be on your right.