Bob Baker, “Tahiti” (2012)

26 Feb

Bob Baker, Tahiti (2012)

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When it’s the middle of winter in Chicago I start thinking Tahitian thoughts.  I wanted to do a seascape and this scene captivated me — a beautiful tropical island with a storm approaching.  For the few hours I spent painting this I was transported halfway around the globe to the South Pacific.  It was a nice trip but I’m glad to be home.  (Who am I kidding,  I’d rather be in Tahiti!)

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2 Responses to “Bob Baker, “Tahiti” (2012)”

  1. Stephanie Amon February 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Hey Bob, just wondering: what are your dimensions and how long did it take you to paint this?
    Hope you’re well,
    Stephanie

    • bobbalouie February 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

      It’s 9″ x 12″ — it took about 3 hours. I paint on these oil primed linen panels called “Centurion OP DLX.” I get them from Art Supply Warehouse online. They’re nice because they have a very fine tooth; they hold the paint but the fine tooth makes the thin parts look a lot nicer. I use a pochade box with a wet panel carrier built into the lid. I’m a fan of smaller format, because it lets me paint quickly, etc.

      Do you paint? I liked the comment you made in one of your posts about plein air painting often being boring. Very true! It’s one of those things where you need to have a strong point of view or it just doesn’t work.

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