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Painting in Frankfort, KY

After living in Kentucky for 12 years, I just now visited our state’s capitol for the first time.  My friend + mosaic artist, Becky Ebert showed me around, and I have been charmed.  It’s a small town on the Kentucky river, surrounded by hills and cliffs and the capitol building sits across the river facing the historic section of town.

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One of my goals for this trip is to learn how to create great art while on the road.  The view from Daniel Boone’s gravesite is a big view of Frankfort.  You can see the bend in the river, the capitol building, and the historic section of town.  I wanted to capture the essence of overlooking the view on a full sheet (30”x22”) of paper.  If you have been following my work, that is way outside my comfort zone.  A 16”x20” is large for me!

Instead of bore you with photograph of a view that is breathtaking, but impossible to photograph, I thought I would share the step by step process of the painting. 

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I started with a loose brown pastel drawing

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Filled in the details – still using brown

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Started to bring in some color with acrylic paint

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Added more color with acrylic and pastel

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add details with colored pencil

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Tone colors with brown acrylic

I will estimate the painting is about 50% finished, but you get the basic idea of the composition, and colors. I will try to finish it while on the road. 

While leaving the cemetery, I ran across the grave site of Paul Sawyier, and it reminded me that I am not the first artist to enjoy this area.  Paul was famous for his watercolor paintings in Frankfort and along the Kentucky river. After today, I have a deeper understanding of how much he loved Frankfort.

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