The lure of The Guggenheim is simply too great. No, this isn’t Guggenheim #4… my 20 years of Guggenheim’s are painted in the same location on 89th and 5th Avenue, of the opposite view, on 30″X30″ canvases… This black and white painting was made to support Frank’s Doors — treat it like Chicago politics, vote early and often.
And on to the process.
Setting up… a truly heavy view.
A quick sketch in hot lead… actually, room temperature graphite.
Bam! Payne’s Grey all up in the place.
Midtones creating the shape. A woman came up to me at this point and said from afar, she was convinced I was painting on a circular canvas.
White china marker… marking things.
Some more grey, sharpening up the shadows.
Deeper shadow tone to nail down the light, which is a composite of several times of day.
Splashing down the white highlights.
Boom. Guggenheim #4 will begin in June, stand by friends.