View Full Version : WDE 10 FEB 2012 York Shambles by Night (and hoopefully MI later)

02-10-2012, 08:09 PM
This just had to be my first choice from your lovely selection of photos, Mo. I know The Shambles so well. There is the most delightful little art shop on the left hand side as you enter the street down by the church. Well, I say little - it looks little from outside but inside - it's like the Tardis - you'd never belive there could be so much room and they sell absolutely everything.

So, I took up the challenge and turned it into a night scene. It's also a far cry from my usual style. The original is a little over A4 painted loosely in Acrylics in my sketch book. I went in as loosely as possible with the very minimal amount of drawing possible to simply set the perspective and just blocked in with colour and shapes to try and capture the atmosphere. I'll be interested to know if you think I've managed it. It took about 1 and 1/2 hours.

Comments and critiques are always welcome.


Just turned 1.00am here now so I guess it's long past bedtime. I'll look in again tomorrow and catch up with all that everyone else has come up with. Goodnight for nnow, folks.:wave:

02-10-2012, 08:20 PM
Wow! Still looks colorful even if it was night time. Very good perspective!

02-10-2012, 09:49 PM
Nicely done. I remember the museum in York was stuffed full of great items and I could only take in around two hours' worth. I need to return :)

02-10-2012, 11:17 PM
I only went to York once but always wanted to go back. I think you have captured the essence well.

02-11-2012, 04:00 AM
WOW! I sure like this.

02-11-2012, 07:10 AM
Wow! Joy, You have done a fantastic job, it's just as I remember the Shambles at night, never did pluck up the courage to go on one of those ghostly night tours:) You captured the colours of the stone work so very well too, I know the art shop you mentioned, you're right it is like a Tardis. Thanks so much for the memories. :)

02-11-2012, 07:18 AM
Well done Joy! nice mood I can imagine being back in those days

02-11-2012, 08:21 AM
It's just great Joy! You really nailed the challenge - very convincing night scene. I just love street scenes in general and this is very endearing.

Charlie's Mum
02-11-2012, 12:13 PM
Convincing night scene Joy - the lighting is great:D

02-11-2012, 12:23 PM
Well done!

02-11-2012, 02:38 PM
The night time change is great and the depth is wonderful, Joy! The implied detail is excellent to invite the viewer to participate!

02-11-2012, 05:03 PM
Many thanks for your comments one and all. I'm so glad you think the change to night worked. I enjoyed trying it.

Went back to pick out another reference and just couldn't make my mind up so out came the sketch book to play with a few and before I knew it I'd done something from all of them. Hope you like peeking into sketch books as much as I do. I may still have to go back and do another painting if I have time.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Feb-2012/8538-Scrapbook1.lo.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Feb-2012/8538-Scrapbook_2.lo.jpg

I don't know why one has come out with a blue tinge and one sepia. Both were taken with the same camera and on the same settings. :eek:

Your comments and critiques are valued.

02-11-2012, 06:28 PM

02-11-2012, 08:50 PM
Wonderful, such a dark and mysterious place

02-11-2012, 09:22 PM
I love your night street scene Velda, and you have caught the feel of the age of the place. Tour sketches are great as well.

02-11-2012, 10:36 PM
Nice warm colours in the night scene. I also attempted to paint this image as a nocturne and found it a challenge indeed. Wonderful sketches, too!

02-12-2012, 03:38 AM
Your painting has certainly captured the atmosphere and with a fine economy of means. There is a quiet vibrancy about the muted colours. The sketches are intriguing. it was a good idea to concentrate on one part of the reference.

02-12-2012, 05:26 AM
It has a dark and moody feel and really draws you into the painting - well done. I also love peeking in sketch books and your little sketches are great.

Vivien Maloney
02-12-2012, 12:13 PM
Wonderful night scene - it captures the atmosphere beautifully! I like your little sketches, they're great.

02-12-2012, 02:18 PM
Beautiful night scene. Great job on the buildings. Love your little sketches as well.

02-12-2012, 06:36 PM
The street scene really draws you in! Nice sketches too (my faves are the cow, the two fellows on the bottom left, and the beach scene).

02-12-2012, 08:35 PM
this works really well as a night scene... fabulous!

02-13-2012, 08:23 AM
I love your night take on the shambles, I really need to visit this place!
love your sketches too

02-13-2012, 09:26 AM
Love your take on the street scene! Great colors.

02-13-2012, 12:58 PM
You struck the atmosphere for the night scene and the wirky design of the buildings....I also like your varied sketches.

02-14-2012, 06:31 PM
Great job on the night scene. Like the sketches as well.

02-16-2012, 07:26 PM
Many thanks for your input, Susan, Jeanne, Christine, Wendy, Harry, Ros, Viv, Paula, Mlou Jhu, Mike, Bonnie, Sandra, Richard and Susan. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

Yes, Wendy, the change to a nocturne was indeed a challenge. In sunshine you know just where the shadows and highlights ought to be but imagining a night scene and the doubts begin to creep in. So glad you think I managed it.

I'm glad you liked the idea of the little snapshot sketches, Harry. I'll often do that when I'm out sketching - just try to capture little snippets from the area - step, a wall or a flower. Sometimes it's seems to be just a case of the punchline not the whole joke.

You picked on a couple of my own favourites, Mlou Jhu. The cow just had to be included and Morris Dancing of any description is close to my heart though I wouldn't be dancing it, I'd be the one on the sidelines playing the accordion.

Thanks again for looking and commenting, everyone and thank you Mo for some wonderful references and a delightful trip down memory lane.

02-17-2012, 08:58 AM
Very nice sketches!:)