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Thanks for the invite! It got me off the sofa and out of the doldrums. As others have said, the painting is easier said than done! For my support, I used Strathmore Multi Medium Paper, Series 400; I first applied an acrylic medium-value orange underpainting, then came over it with direct oil painting. While it was still wet, I etched-out some of the orange areas. I spent about 3 hrs on it...may still tweak with a couple touches of more pronounced value changes. Had a blast; thanks so much!
What a wonderful challenge! I don’t usually paint cars or buildings…ever! So it’s really been quite a challenge for me, but I wanted to give it a go. I’ve spent a week working on this challenge, and these are the only two quick watercolour studies that have not ended up in the trash. They almost did, but I thought I would send them to you anyhow. I am working on another watercolour, but am finding all aspects challenging…. Working from a photo, perspective, shapes of vehicles, what to leave out, what to put in, lost and found edges…yikes!If my latest attempt turns out Ok I will post it to you. Thanks for running this challenge…I have added admiration and respect for your work and subject matter, and it's so interesting to see how others interpret the scene.
Maggie Latham http://maggielathamfineart.blogspot.com/
Enjoyed the exercise and really liked the road climbing the hill in the background. I love the turn toward abstraction that your work has taken in the last year. Hope you stress that in your workshop in Atlanta in Sept.
I tried to keep the white of the paper in this watercolor. I struggled with large shape simplification and keeping objects in 2 values as you suggested. Your suggestions are right on when doing city scenes so I hope to do many more urban paintings. Thanks.
Fantastic idea. Thank you, thank you for setting this up! I've been reading through your various posts for several months now. I had 4 years at a high ranking art school but there is so much about painting I wasn't taught. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, progress, tips and demos on your blog. I'm eating it up.Here are the guidelines I used to simplify the scene:1. More negative space. (lower horizon, expand space between cars)2. Move the eye through the painting quickly. (clear path for the eye to follow the path of the road, narrow cropping)3. Emphasis on on subject. (increase the contrast between the road & rest of the painting)4. Keep one dominant color (easy, just like the photo)
I posted my progress on my blog: http://amyhroberts.blogspot.com/ and attached is a photo of my final.I'm looking forward to seeing your solution to the simplify challenge.Thanks,Amy Donahue
Some tough decisions had to be made and finding the right solutions was a lot harder than expected.Thinking about composition, values, color, edge and brushwork when painting such complex subject matter is extremely challenging.This has made me appreciate cityscape paintings a lot more over night!Looking forward to see the rest of the entries (including yours). I’ve put a small step by step on my blog www.johanderycke.blogspot.com