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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Italian Street Scene

This painting of a secluded, narrow little street in Italy was painted from a photograph given to me by a friend, Patty Magoto. I painted it for a watercolor group, Aquanet, of which I am a member. The painting is 10" x 8" and was painted on Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper with an assortment of transparent watercolors.

8 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Barbara, there is a lot to like in your painting. You did a great job with the perspective. The viewer feels that she is really in this alley!

Barbara Sailor said...

Thanks, Christiane,
I greatly appreciate your comment because I worked hard on the perspective part of this painting. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Mary Paquet said...

Hi, Barbara. I've wanted to comment but for some reason blogger is giving me problems and I am not able to view this image. I must look into this as I'm also not seeing some of my images. Ah, technology.

Barbara Sailor said...

Mary - technology can be very frustrating sometimes. For some time Blogger wouldn't allow comments on my blog...go figure! All of a sudden it was back. I guess we just have to hang in there... Thanks for visiting the blog.
Barb

Mary Paquet said...

I used a different browser and voila! I can see the art. Great street scene -- takes me right back to those lovely Italian towns. I especially like your color choices and the transparency of the paint application.

Ginny Stiles said...

Barb...perspective is my bugaboo. My husband is always find perspective boo boos in my paintings. I've bought books (and slept with them under my pillow)...doesn't work, does it. I've taken workshops and I keep hacking away at it. I got a good video the other day and I think I need to watch it once a week. It is called Sketching in Perspective (Drawing and Composition) by Carl Dalio. Have you heard of it? I highly recommend it to all. If I was doing a critique on your painting the only suggestions would be more change in value. It just needs some darks. Otherwise, it is a keeper!!!

Barbara Sailor said...

Ginny - Thanks for commenting...I agree the painting could use more value/contrast - I guess I was afraid it would get too dark. I will think about working some more on it although the actual painting is somewhat darker than the photographed version. I will check into Talio's book on perspective - it sounds good.

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.