Gas

photoThis is the biggest painting I’ve ever attempted. During my junior year painting class, we had to pick an artist to write a paper about, and then we had to re-create one of his/her paintings. I chose Edward Hopper as my artist, and I chose his painting called “Gas” (1940). This painting appealed to me because of its simplicity. I like how the subject is a small gas station surrounded by nature. The setting is quiet and calm, and it reminds me of a place I would like to visit. Before beginning, I was very intimidated by the size of the canvas board I was given to paint on, and I was unsure of how I’d be able to get it all finished. I think my painting turned out okay considering that I ran into a lot of difficulties throughout. I ran out of paint and was unable to match the colors of what I already painted. I had to paint over parts that I already completed, and I had to rush through most of the left side in order to meet the due date. To this day, my painting is not 100% finished. It could really benefit from a touch up and addition of details. Someday, I plan to return to all of my high school paintings to improve them.

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