Today I added a few more details and gave it a final touch as follows:
Added an imaginary red SUV in the middle to help flow of red.
Added a bit more blue tone to the distant buildings to create 'smoky' urban atmosphere.
Added another small traffic signal post and a lamppost.
And little more details on the buildings.
It was a really fun experience and many thanks to Karin Jurick for giving us this great opportunity to participate and share with others.
Here is the final painting.
"Madison Avenue, New York City" - oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in
Today I added more details to the painting - windows on the buildings, features on the cars, people on the street, etc. I think I can finish it by tomorrow.
Below is the photo reference from Karin's DSDF blog.
From Day 1: the reference photo and my sketch on toned canvas
Today I underpainted with acrylic paints. I used two colors - red for warm and dark blue for cool. Basically I applied red to hotspots (the areas to be highlighted later), the sky and taxicabs. Then dark blue (it appears really dark due to the burnt sienna that I used to tone the canvas) to buildings, structures, the ground and cab windows. This is not a science project, and there is no firm rules as to what goes to where. I just kinda followed my intuition. Now it's ready for the oil treatment which will start tomorrow. Good time to take a break.
Today I finally decided to try Karin Jurick's Different Strokes from Different Folks (DSDF) challenge. She invites artists to enter their paintings created based on the photo images posted on her blog. For more info on Karin Jurick and her blog, click here and go to May 3rd. posting.
The challenge photograph this time is a New York cityscape (see above).
First I toned my canvas with acrylic burnt sienna to generate warm feelings on the overall painting. Although I intend to paint in oil, my underpainting would be in acrylic. As I mentioned on my earlier postings, I'm taking advantage of acrylic's fast drying quality. Then I sketched out rough outlines with my yellow oxide acrylic.
Here is what I've got so far.
Tomorrow I'll start underpainting blocks - can't wait!
Sometimes I get struck by 'artist's block'. I just simply can't figure out what to paint. Then I lie down, turn on the online radio and tune to my favorite station - KDFC (the classical music station from San Francisco). Moonlight Sonata was filling my studio. And soon I found myself painting ... "Resting Cello".
Watercolor was my first love.
I used to bring in a small watercolor set and paint in my car during my break.
And painted local scenery for over ten years.
There were times when I painted watercolor en plein air and sold my work to morning joggers, lunch time pass-byers and evening walkers everyday.
Then switched to oil and painted about ten years.
Now I'm back to watercolor and still love it.
It's like an old friend who greets me after all these years, warm, cheerful, spontaneous and surprising!