|Yep, this old truck runs, too!|
I had also seen another old truck down in Phoenix which was in a driveway. There was a tree and lots of plants around it which made a great contrast to the look of the rugged old truck. I decided to add some plants and a tree around this truck to change up the background and add some color to the foreground. I also decided to focus on painting only part of the truck so that I would have a strong center of interest.
|Good Memories - original watercolor painting|
After I put all the plants around, the wall on the right side of the painting seemed kind of bare. I didn't want to add any more trees or plants though, because there was enough green color in the painting already. I decided that a sign would be kind of fun, but it still looked like something was missing after I painted the sign - so I added the potted plant on the hood of the truck.
If I had left the painting like this it would have still been off balance, but during the painting process I had decided to crop the image even more. As I painted, I kept putting the mat over the painting to see what I needed to do next. (If you decide to do this, watch out for wet paint. Don't let it get on your mat!)
After I was happy with the way the painting looked in the mat, I slipped the mat and the painting in the frame to see what the overall effect would be. At this point, there is no glass in the frame because this is just a 'test run' to see if it looks okay.
|Good Memories - in the mat and frame with no glass|
|Good Memories - framed|
"Good Memories" is all framed up and ready to hang on the wall! Now it can bring back some 'good memories' to someone who loves old trucks.