Catching Raindrops Reference Nearly Complete


This is the general concept for the painting. I am very happy with what I was able to do with Vue to create the firestation setting. I added in the kid pictures and I think its about ready to use for a reference. The only thing I think I need to do is verify the scale of the kids in the firestation. I think they are a bit too small.

Catching Raindrops Set

This is a pretty good representation of the firestation and firetruck. The challenge to get it to this point was to get the correct scale. Each of the object, the firefighter, the truck and the firestation were all at different scales. This exercise was to set the sizes to match. I think it’s a pretty good guess. Dave, the firefighter is about 5′ 9″ tall, the firetruck is about 8 1/2 feet tall. The fire station is roughly two stories at about 12 – 15′ per story.

Next Painting Project

I think I finally have the concept for my next painting project. As a cub scout one of the things the new scouts do is visit a fire station. It’s always exciting for a six year old but as I soon discovered there are other things vying for a six year old’s attention. On this particular day it started raining. That’s not unusual here but Nick was getting a bit bored waiting to sit at the controls of the firetruck as the rain started coming down. Now it is actually somewhat unusual here to get the type of downpour that would entice a six year old to try and catch raindrops in his mouth. I snapped a picture of Nick trying to to just that.

I thought this picture had the potential for making something Norman Rockwell-like. I did get some good action from Nick but the photo quality isn’t that good and the background (a garbage bin and barricades) isn’t so good.

The fire station wasn’t in all that good of shape either so other pictures from that outing really weren’t going to add much..so, the idea is to create an image of a stylized fire station and fire truck in the background with the other scouts paying attention while Nick is is the foreground oblivious to the fire station or truck trying to catch raindrops.

I found two reference images that will give the effect I think I want. The firehouse is a late 19th century brownstone fire station and the fire truck is a 1950s style fire truck.


The approach will be to use Vue 8 to assemble the environment and background (firehouse and firetruck) then add it, the picture of Nick and another picture of the Scout Den as layers in a Corel Painter project as reference images to start the painting.