I made a watercolor study today of a photograph of a lit up sign. I took the photograph a couple of summers ago at a county fair back in Pennsylvania;It’s sitting on top of a roof and it doesn’t say anything which is what I like about it. I’ve taken a lot of photographs over the years of empty signs but this is the first one I’ve decided to paint. I did paint a sign from China called The Message Was Clear but I actually took the numbers and chinese characters out of the photograph in the final composition in order to make the sign empty for the painting. I made the watercolor study today because I’m thinking about making a larger oil on canvas version and I wanted to figure out how much black I want to use;I think that I’m going to black out the reflection of the light on the roof and only paint the sign. I’m also going to black out any background information since it will only distract from the light.
This painting reminds me of From the Light Above and also of If I Should Die Before You Do which I also made a watercolor study for but was destroyed by flies. Below is the watercolor from today called Nothing Ever Stays the Same and Nothing’s Explained, From the Light Above and If I Should Die Before You Do study and final painting.