As you know, I derive great pleasure in taking a photo which appeals to me and making it a painting. To the extent you can visual the final Painting – or at least come close, you are all the better for it. Your workflow and process will go more smoothly. I was fascinated by this architecture. I decided that I wanted to give the image more space so I enlarged the canvas area and extended the sky and water. From that, I could make a sketch and begin to paint adding and removing elements, and adjusting colors as the painting evolved.
A Sketch Can be Made in Painter or Photoshop
Final Painting with Additional Texture Layer Applied
I don’t know when New York has had a winter such as the one past. There was a freaky heavy snow this past Halloween. I was in town at that time as well. I found the beauty but was not inconvenienced by it. Back again, to experience an early full blown sun lit Spring. I spend many of my days at the museums. Yesterday I saw the Gertrude Stein collection at the Met. A couple of days ago, I viewed the Diego Rivera exhibit at MOMA.
Since recently taking a class in painting street scenes, I must say that I have been looking at the people, traffic and buildings in New York in quite a different way. After leaving the Met a few days ago, I walked wistfully down 5th Ave. Central Park was across the street from me to my right and I sought to hug any strip of shade I could find next to the buildings which flanked me to my left. Suddenly I came upon a courtyard with two cherry trees in bloom. A high fence beautiful ornamental wrought iron fence shielded the property from the public. I stuck my iPhone through the , however to snap a couple of images. An interesting perspective, I thought. This is the resulting painting. I like it quite a lot.
To create this painting I use the architecture from Bologna which I photographed in 2008 and horse and buggy images photographed in New York Central Park in 2012 as reference images. Paying critical attention to perspective this painting was created. Additional characters were included via imagination along with the tree and little birds. In Central Park, pigeons by the dozen hover and feed on the spilled feed of the horses. I really enjoyed using these reference images to create an image with in my mind appears as a scene from the 1800’s.
I have been creating beautiful portrait paintings for my clients for many years now. However, I have been very conservative with my brushstrokes. My clients have tended to want a more smooth look in their painting – or perhaps that was simply my projection. I think I will begin to veer away from this from time to time. Skin will always be smooth but I can create greater expressions within other aspects of the painting. The following is one such example. The response to this painting has been very favorable. Ultimately, I want to make my clients “thrilled” with their portrait and I will always stay with in their comfort level.
A new 4 week class has begun with the Digital Art Academy focused on painting street scenes. We were all given the same reference image and allowed total artistic flexibility in how we developed our paintings from the image. It was wonderful to see the range of artistic expression amongst all in the class. Off course no one else painted people in different clothing nor created duotone paintings. I think I have been watching too many historic European movies.