13” x 17,” (33 cm x 43 cm)
Framed Size 19" x 23," price includes frame
Selected for the 2014 National Georgia Watercolor Society
This painting was inspired by the many Chinese Opera puppets I saw on display wondering through Cat Street Market in Hong Kong.
This painting Waiting in the Wings was inspired by my jaunts to Cat Street Market off of Hollywood Road, near Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong. A few of the vendors there sell Chinese Opera marionette puppets. Like the embroidered slippers, I was immediately attracted to them for the variety of color, pattern and personality!
I was happy with this painting when I did it. After recently getting it out and living with it a while again. I decided to do some tweaking. I felt the background was too much the same value as the rest of the painting and wanted to make the puppets stand out more. I also played around with more value changes on the puppets themselves as well assome lost and found edges. With a stencil I created a slight vertical striation very subtly in the background to represent the puppet strings without being to literal.
Waiting in the Wings before tweaking
I’m happy with the tweaks. A painting I thought was finished has a new lease on life! The title has become even more appropriate. :-)