Toroazul Painting and Fine Arts
José Grave de Peralta
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The Blue Seawall (El Malecon Azul)

oil on canvas
20" x 50"
2015

The oil painting  of The Blue Seawall  ... ...was first developed from this and several other
thumbnail sketches in pencil.  The small dimensions of the thumbnail field allow me to see
the entire span of the composition inside a reduced area---and the informality, "trial" spirit
of the thumbnail sketch allow for greater honesty in my drawing hand.
The Blue Seawall (El Malecon Azul)
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PASTEL version on the floor of my studio and the blank canvas with some
charcoal markings above it on the wall.
The Blue Seawall (El Malecon Azul)

Above, several phtotos of the process from DRAWING to Painting

I decided to create a true-to-size preliminary version of the composition, using soft
PASTEL, in order to solve the many problems and issues that any large composition
brings with it. Here. I worked on two separate but joined pastel paper sheets (CANSON),
colored copper brown. It took me several weeks to complete this pastel version of my
work !

The subject of this painting was gleaned from a series of family
memories in my native island of Cuba in the early 1960s.
Recently, one of my nieces asked me to paint for her new home in
Boston "something you remember, a trip to the ocean---before you
and my Mom left Cuba..."  
And this is what I created for her, based on what I REMEMBER of
the old seawall in Havana, not on photographs---and on the scenario
of the family standing along the wall---in more of a symbolic
foreshadowing of how we would all soon leave our country, and in
the case of my sisters and myself, our childhood.