Sunday, May 3, 2009

New York--American Cityscape Painting

This painting is from the current Different Strokes Challenge reference. I love doing these challenges because they are usually out of my comfort zone. Moving beyond what is comfortable is necessary in order to improve at anything. Seldom do I paint vehicles and a cityscape requires careful attention to perspective. I'm fairly satisfied with the results. The buildings resemble buildings and the cars resemble cars. I wasn't fond of painting with so much gray. Clear, bright color is what draws me to paint, but I didn't want the results to be too exaggerated. The yellow of the taxi helped to satisfy my color needs. The painting is 5x7 inches on a gessoed hardboard panel.
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7 comments:

Ann Rogers said...

Great entry with good color introduction!

Nancy Merkle said...

Thank you!

Atul Pande said...

Nancy: What a nice depiction of the competitive NY street driving! The texture is tangible.

Ralph said...

Hi Nancy,

Really love your work. I especially enjoyed this painting. Quite expressive and bold. Lovely composition and color balance. Keep up the great work!

Nancy Merkle said...

Ralph & Atul--thank you both for your kind words!

L.Holm said...

I think you did a really lovely job with the grays. Really sets off the taxis. great work! Liz

Nancy Merkle said...

Thanks!