This one I finished just last Friday; it's 48"x48" oil on canvas. I started sketching it the Monday before and finally started the painting on Tuesday. For the next three days I put in very long hours. Painting takes stamina when working on a large canvas.
The city is loosely based on the skyline of Miami. I say "loosely" because I never feel compelled to render all the buildings or place them where they actually appear. It's that artistic license thing.
The composition is based on a crucifix with the front boat being the vertical of the cross and the city the horizontal. It's pretty standard as paintings go and I also used it in the painting before this (see last blog post). The red appears at the intersection of the cross and serves the focal point.
The yellow is a mixture of hansa orange, cadmium yellow orange, cadmium yellow medium, raw umber, and varying degrees of green gold. I wanted it warm on the top of the painting and warm in the front center and then cooler on the sides and as you approach the skyline. In the actual painting it's a bit more obvious than in this photo.
This one is yet to be named and is hanging on the wall of my condo drying. It will first be shown at Williams McCall Gallery in South Beach on February 10.