Picturing It, Part Two

March 30th, 2012

And here’s the rest of the process.


Detailing windows.  Adding flag colors.

Detailing the street signs, adding the security gate, more flag details.

To finish off the building, it must be made to look old and worn.  Add grass to the cracks, palms to the side.  The eye must be kept busy.

The finished work.  All of the starting colors are the same.  Now the blue looks muted but I did not change it.  Vibrant colors all around, but all in harmony.

The artists who inspired me might surprise people, as some have styles completely different from mine. I am a photo-realist (so the gallery owners told me). A few of my inspirations were Renoir, Howard Behrens, Frank McCarthy, and Howard Terpning.

I enjoy impressionism and the play of brilliant, contrasting colors hard against each other. I am constantly amazed by how some can throw purples in with greens and still make it work.

What I try to do for the viewer is to take them to a place where they would like to be. Most of my paintings are without human subjects. I have found that nothing can disrupt the tranquility of a daydream quicker than another person’s presence. I say this with humor, of course. I like to let each person walk into the scene as if they were out for a stroll by themselves. If one should choose to bring a companion, so be it.

Although I can not paint a stroke in the impressionistic style (I’ve tried), I do like to bring in the vibrant colors which I so admire.

Like any writer, painter, sculptor, etc., I know when I have hit the nail on the head. I don’t always get it the first time but those paintings which cause me grief don’t see the light of day until I get it right. I hope that the viewers enjoy them also.

7 Responses to “Picturing It, Part Two”

  1. Jack Soto Says:

    Hi Timothy,

    I refer to Al as “Maesto Al” because of his talent and ability to see and place on canvas a real and vivid image of something that reflects a culture. I visit, vicariously through his paintings, the many unique and wonderful places he has visited and put into art form. I too marvel at the mental process he employs in bring to us such beautiful, true to life, art. art.

  2. Timothy Hallinan - The Blog Cabin Says:

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  3. Annie Says:

    “I enjoy impressionism and the play of brilliant, contrasting colors hard against each other. I am constantly amazed by how some can throw purples in with greens and still make it work.”

    I am curious if you’ve enjoyed the wonderful `color edges’ you can find in Wayne Thiebaud’s S.F. streets/hills art? And the aerial views of fields and cow shadows?

  4. Mary Says:

    Hi Timothy,
    I am Al’s sister. I love his painting, he is brilliant, but I never really paid any attention to how he went through the process. It is never too late to learn. Thanks

  5. Lil Gluckstern Says:

    I like your painting. I would like to be there. Thank you for writing about how you go about your work. It looks a lot easier than than it sounds. Lovely.

  6. Allan Says:

    There are so many beautiful things in our everyday life. It’s just that one must take the time and really look at them. I remember walking with a friend one day and seeing an orchid tree in bloom, each flower a masterpiece of nature. I stopped my friend in her tracks and made her look closely at one of the blooms. She said, ” my god, that’s beautiful, I never looked at one so closely”. I think it is the way of us crazy painters to see things through a different set of eyes. I was born lucky, in that sense.

  7. Joyce Yarrow Says:

    I’m a bit late to the party but I must say how much I enjoyed watching this painting take shape and witnessing how colors and shadows work together to make the whole exceed the sum of its parts. Beautiful work!

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