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Street Scene in Turkey

June 11, 2010

I had an awful time painting a landscape from the photo I chose to work with this week – I wasted days on it and was ready to give up oil painting altogether.  I couldn’t work out exactly where I was going wrong , but I think it had a lot to do with the fact that the photo didn’t give enough information, and also that the light source wasn’t clear, and I had a hard time being consistent. Finally yesterday I tried doing it in pastel and couldn’t do that either, without a radical simplification.  I then altered my oil painting to look more like the pastel – eliminating 3 trees in the process. I don’t know what I thinkof it, but here it is.

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  1. June 11, 2010 8:46 am

    i really like your minimalistic approach in this piece : )

  2. June 11, 2010 11:34 am

    I like the apparent simplicity of it and the geometric forms you have got there. Grezt!

  3. June 11, 2010 4:45 pm

    I like it! I think it looks great and conveys a real mood of weather and place.

  4. June 11, 2010 6:19 pm

    Yes, I love the abstraction in this piece! Also the colors are so harmonious; and I also love the strokes giving such movement !

  5. June 11, 2010 8:18 pm

    I already commented on this on Flickr but just had to see what you blogged about it. I love it! The color palette is great and the composition superb.

  6. June 12, 2010 3:04 am

    I always enjoy hearing about the obstacles an artist faces in a piece, so it was good to read about your feelings with this one, but since I was looking at this with none of your history, I find it just lovely. I tried to leave a better comment earlier but it gave me an error message, and for the life of me I can’t remember how I put it earlier! sorry. I do so hope you will NOT throw in the towel with oils, because I think you seem to take to them so naturally and I love your work in oils.

  7. June 12, 2010 6:14 am

    Lovely, simple and very atmospheric! I am traveling at the moment and making photos and sketches of locations. I am thinking of you often when I try to sketch scenes I observe in watercolor. I love your technique and am trying to come up with my own but with a similar feel.

  8. June 22, 2010 7:21 am

    I like the way you painted it, it does feel like pastel and it gives textures to the walls. As for the composition, I don’t quite like the walls on the left, there’s too much of it maybe… but I’m no expert.

  9. June 25, 2010 10:47 am

    I liked your approach in handling this one. The colors are limited and soothing, there is an openness of the space . I also liked the subtle impressions of the people. Enjoyed all the other works too!

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