Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Tempera Painting

Here is a recent painting that I completed for an exhibition submission. It is tempera (poster paint) on a paper panel; paper on chipboard mounted on a luan panel. The painting turned out well but it really doesn't do anything for me, I just can't get excited about it. It's part of my attempt at a type of romanticism. This one with a more Southern flavor. The subject is a cotton mill, one of many that dot the South. From a photo, circa 1943, maybe a little earlier, maybe a little later. The one on the right is my mom. Check the purse and shoes.

Black and white photo, c. 1943

Cotton Mill Girls, Tempera on Panel, 18" x 24"

I always like the architecture of the old mills, the rows of windows. There were always plenty of railroad tracks around and I remember when I was a young child, not the old child I am now, the steam locomotives switching cars around the mill.

Thanks for stopping by.



martha miller said...

glad to see you posting again!
it's a beautiful photo and painting. the color adds an emotional intensity. i love the closeness in the gesture of the two women - it certainly was a different time. this picture makes me think of the song, Making Pies, by Patti Griffin, which i just happened to hear on the radio today (and it made me cry, as usual!) do you know it? happy thanksgiving, brad! thankyou for your feedback on my blog - i really do appreciate it!

martha miller said...

pattY griffin.