Hey artists~ Well this is the last day you can do this and send me the images to be posted on Studio Notes. You still have time to do it! Here are the submissions I received yesterday. I expect there'll be a bunch of last minute entries (you know who you are, haha~) which will have to be posted tomorrow morning since I don't stay up that late.
I'll post mine immediately following the final post. See all the submissions thus far HERE.
Here's a tip; when you look at other people's work, try to get into their minds. Think about how you made your simplification decisions, and compare what you did to what others did. What's different? and more importantly, why? Try to be very specific in your analyses, and you'll come away with a lot of ideas about how you might handle this painting if you were to do it again. That, in a nutshell, is how I learn and how I try to improve with each painting I do. Makes sense, doesn't it? If you try to do a little better than your last painting, you'll steadily improve. In order to do that, you have analyze how to do it better. Comparison of your efforts with other solutions (that you, or other artists, come up with), is one of the best way to do that,
Anyway, here are the latest. Enjoy~
This was a tough challenge for me - tougher than I thought it would be. So much so that when I finished, after staring at my picture for an embarrassingly considerable amount of time, I decided to crop it a second time! And it was much improved.
I have been struck by the parallel of your approach to cityscapes and street scenes, and that of Frank Eber, the watercolorist. For both of you less is more - and "simplify" is the mantra. It is a good rule, I think. And since I was working in watercolor, I kept Frank Eber's admonitions in mind when painting the cars, with partial success.
Thanks so much for this challenge! I could feel the growing pains as I worked..
Thanks so much for hosting this challenge..it was great fun participating.
Well, first you say "What is this?" (I've learned from past experiences with her)
Turns out, its a Painting Challenge posted by Terry Miura.
"OK...I can do this""San Francisco" is a 6" x 6" watercolor on Arches 140lb rough.My approach was ....SQUINTING...seeing where the light was, and simplifying everything else.Oh! and having fun with the colors.
Cityscapes are one of my favorites!Annie Salness
Enjoyed participating in the cityscape challenge by Terry Miura. I simplified this painting by staying under 45 minutes to restrict the amount of details. Using a limited palette with a few warm and cool colors, I worked from large to small shapes. Terry's pointers of keeping the cars in two values to start with and adding another one later if needed and consolidating similar values were beneficial in simplifying the scene.
Mike Beeman http://pastelsbeeman.blogspot.com/
With the photo as a reference, I splashed watercolour paint onto a 140lb watercolour paper, let it dry, then did a contour drawing on it with a Faber-Castell Pitt artist waterproof pen. The end result is a 5"x7" painting ready for an 8"x10" frame!
Nora MacPhail http://noramacphail.blogspot.com
I hope this meets your standards for inclusion in the Cityscape challenge. I read your blog occasionally, and stumbled across your challenge yesterday, thus sneaking in under your deadline (just like a regular assignment). Anyway, it's watercolor on Crescent board, number 6 and number 10 brushes wielded by an amateur. Gotta work on losing more edges.
I love painting cityscapes but do struggle with sometimes trying to simplify all that happens on a busy city street. This challenge I also roped my friend, Julie Hill, into doing with me at 4 o'clock yesterday. Lucky her, she lives on the west coast & had a few more of hours of light. Happy painting!
Kelley Sanford http://kelleysanford.blogspot.com