I started with a picture taken one night after dinner in Shirlington, Virginia, and imagined the area deserted in the middle of the night. Maybe next time I'll try putting in a person or two. 5 x 7 inches
This is from one of my photo references from D.C. I'm trying to add a figure or two to my paintings and I like the reflections in the pool. Definitely need to keep working on my figures, though. This is not one of my better paintings, but that is the life of a daily painter. You can't get better at what you do, unless you keep working at it, so there are bound to be unsuccessful paintings, and I'm okay with that. 5 x 7 inches
This probably is more of a village than a city, but the theory is the same. I tried to do this quickly with a bigger brush and not labor over the buildings, but I need to be better about cleaning my brush between colors.
One of the benefits of daily painting is the opportunity to keep trying new techniques. I keep searching for my artistic voice and while, I don't think painting this lose is what I want, there are parts of it that show a spontaneity that I'm attracted to.
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One year for my birthday a friend took me to NYC. Now, my birthday is in July and you would expect the weather to be hot and humid, but instead it was a picture perfect weekend. Poured down rain Friday nite when we arrived, but Saturday and Sunday was low humidity and mild temps. It was just wonderful weather to walk all over the city. Saturday morning as we were waiting for the elevator, I turned and saw this rooftop scene and snapped a quick picture. I came across it the other day and it's today's painting.
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I found this reference photo of what looks to be a european village. I liked the light hitting the building and wanted to give it a try. If I can't travel the world, I can paint it and try to mentally put myself in the scene.
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This is a successful painting, not because every detail is correct, it certainly is not. For example, take a look at the power lines and you can see that they really don't make sense the way I have them. But it's a successful painting because it's a subject I have not tackled before and I had fun doing it.
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I'm an fine art artist in Raleigh, North Carolina. I need a paintbrush in my hand to feel complete and I invite you to follow me on my art journey. Everyday brings new ideas and projects... there simply is not enough time... On December 1, 2012, I joined the community of artists who paint a painting each and every day. I haven't been able to keep up with the daily painting, but I'm trying hard to keep my paintbrushes busy.