The latest news flash is that I have been asked to do some illustrations for a book on Greek culture. The interested person happened to see some of my work online and liked the style of landscapes I did of scenes in Greece.
It's exciting, yes, but the thing is he thinks my color choices are dark and melancholy. This particular painting that he liked was on the washy side and I guess that's what he's interested in. I'm not so sure I am illustrator material. I think if there's a work someone likes maybe I can recreate that feeling but it might have to be on my terms. It's the idea that I paint something a certain way and that's it. Now my work has to have limits or direction, but it's not coming from me.
Well, anyway, I'm working on what he suggested and maybe he'll be interested, or not. He wants figures dancing and having fun. That's fine, but since I have been painting from life lately I'm not used to using photographs. Dancing people are not easy to paint from either, photo or no photo. I'm taking liberties with the poses and just going at it.
I sketched out this photo I found in my pile, of a party I attended with our Greek dance group a while ago. My son is on the right playing his bagpipe and people are dancing having a good time. Using the twenty minutes time slot I lightly painted in some color values. What this is going to look like painted up may not be to this person's liking, but it's a painting and I'm doing my best, regardless of the outcome.
I don't know about melancholy, though. Looks happy enough with energy and movement. Let's see what happens when it's finished.