Raising the Red Umbrella

Raising the Red Umbrella – Oil Painting 9.5×17 by Winifred Whitfield

I textured my panel before I began this painting. I made a modest attempt to bear in mind the shape of the figurative elements so the texturing wouldn’t look completely crazy!

There was no umbrella showing in my reference photo though I knew she held one and so with a few expressive red lines, an umbrella was created. When people have seen this painting, they thought it referenced a far away exotic country. The fact is, I took the reference photo of a friend returning from a celebration. She was walking right in front of me, in the middle of the concrete street, with cars on the edge of the road and houses in front of her, right here in Poulsbo, Washington.

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2 thoughts on “Raising the Red Umbrella

  1. Beautiful! When I look at the background, it reminds me of looking through wet glass and hence the need to open the umbrella. I love the vibrant colors and it does look like it could be from some south or central American country.

  2. Hi Nancy,
    Thank you. I’m glad you imagined a reason for it. It never occurred to me I needed one. She actually uses her umbrella to block the sun moreso than rain and so do I. It was definitely a fun painting to do. Winifred

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