This is my second submission for the December Virtual Paintout. Click hereto see the reference photo in Google Street View. "View from the road at Killeagy (Stritch)" nearly 16x20 inches, oil on canvas
Final painting for the December 2010 Studio Atelier project on the Internet, where Barb Benik posts her photographs for artists to use as reference material for their paintings. First steps here: painting a vase of flowers
I had planned to work on a second Co Clare painting this morning when the Studio Atelier caught my eye. I put Barb Benik's photograph on my TV and couldn't resist taking out my oil paints and giving it a go, right away.
Link to Studio AtelierI know I should hold back more at the beginning because I wind up having to fix things later on and, in this case, the perspective turned out to be more challenging than I thought. I also need to take time to squeeze out all the colours on my palette, get a clean rag, pour out some fresh Low Odour Thinner, etc, but (as usual) I never thought I'd be painting all day.
The photograph (which is fantastic, I repeat) somehow seems to just paint itself... :) See my progress below (Day One):
Unfortunately I missed November's Paintout (first time since starting in May). I spent way too much time travelling around Rio and left no time for painting. So this month I forced myself to get an early start. I wasn't sure if I would finish in time so I submitted the above (nearly finished) version of the painting. County Clare is beautiful by the way. What amazing greens! I hope to give Ireland another shot later in the month.
Below are steps 1, 2, and 3. I always try to take these photos to remember what I've done -- where did it go right or wrong....
Very impatient to see the greens right at the beginning...
Starting to take shape but I know I'll have to stop here for a while.
Managed to come back to the painting and although I've become fascinated by the wall, the tree has started to seem like a daunting task..... Here's the link in Google Street View:LINK See my next post for the completed painting: County Clare - final
Well, I haven't had much time to myself this month but didn't want to miss out on painting Mexico so yesterday I got out my Sennelier oil pastels. When I first bought them I thought they'd been on the shelf too long cause they were so sticky and gooey. I've since found out that people like them this way so I'm giving them another shot. Blending with your fingers creates nice effects but I think I need to buy stronger soap to wash up! I selected this street for it's flowers (obviously) and found the cars quite colourful as well. Maybe I'll return to this scene with oil paints some day.
Here's the reference material in Google Street View:LINK "San Miguel de Allende" 8.5 x 12 inch, oil pastel on paper
After August on PEI, it was fun getting back to the city. I loved all the colors on this corner but didn't want to miss out on a chance to paint some NY cabs so I borrowed those from somewhere near Central Park! Here's the reference material in Google Street View:LINK
"Manhattan" 30.5 x 40.5 cm, oil on canvas (private collection, Brussels)
Here's my submission for the Virtual Paintout this month. Route 225 (west of Charlottetown) turned out to be a great find because of the clouds and beautiful rural landscapes. At (approximately) Lot 31, I had a clear view of farmland and these yellow flowers that line the roads on the island.
The deadline is approaching for August's Virtual Paintout and I haven't had a chance to complete my painting yet. I spent quite a long time exploring the long roads on the island in search of the ideal spot. I found a great lighthouse view but then saw I wasn't the first to set up my easel there so hesitated. Finally, I chose to tackle these clouds! Here's the Google Street ViewLINK.