I did it. I finished my first oil painting in nearly six years. I completed the actual painting in one day.
I prepped the canvas a couple days ago. Before this year, I have never watched TV while painting, but Wimbledon is on and well, to be honest, I am a bit obsessed with men’s tennis. Who would have thought Roger Federer would still be playing at nearly 34 years old. Not only playing, but reaching another grand slam final. In 2000, I watched him play one of my favorite players at the time, Juan Carlos Ferrero. I was riveted the entire match. I just could not believe how magical that kid was to watch. In 2001, I flew off my chair when Roger beat Pete Sampras (not one of my favorite players) in the 4th round of Wimbledon. I think I went hoarse from cheering him on. RF is the most graceful tennis player ever. I have seen him live a few times now including front row at Indian Wells a few years back. It was a double’s match with Stan Wawrinka against Raphael Nadal and Marc Lopez. Amazing and fun tennis. We were so close that when they were at the back of the court talking strategy, Roger was close enough for me to touch him!!! But I didn’t of course. I don’t think they want you to touch them in the middle of a match, or probably ever. 🙂
I first penciled in a really basic outline of what I would paint.
Then I added some grays in the form of rocks and trees.
Then I added some greens and browns.
Above: about an hour ago, I finished the painting. I love working in oils and I rather like the whimsical feeling of this painting. I probably won’t even paint over it.
I can’t believe I finished an oil painting in one day. Maybe lack of sleep isn’t so bad after all.