View Full Version : Calif. Bungalow

05-22-2001, 10:15 PM
Painted this wc from a very small B&W photo I found in a newspaper. Had a vision in my mind of a certain California light....overbright, glaring.... gaudy... Threw white pastel on this, even acrylic to try to approximate my idea of what I could see in my mind. Anyway, here it is.

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05-22-2001, 10:48 PM
the repaeted patterns are pretty strong
you might even emphasize these patterns more
you might move the objects a little off center

05-22-2001, 11:22 PM
I really like the great rhythm of shape too. I think you could indulge in some darker shadows to pop out that over light bright sun. Tasty colors.

05-22-2001, 11:24 PM
Very nice, I love the violets. I'm thinking that maybe the house is a bit to CENTERED, as mentioned above. Personally, I'd have desaturated the bricks a bit too.

I notice that its technically accurate as well, the lights are out in the house, though the sky should be a bit... brown. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Ex Californian
D Henton

"Art is anything you can get away with." -- Marshall McLuhan

05-22-2001, 11:42 PM
Imagining light... imagine that! Very nice work. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Whatever can find room in the human heart, as emotion, idea, and purpose, whatever it is able to frame into a deed ... can constitute the many-colored content of painting. Hegel.

05-23-2001, 12:41 AM
very good thing here.
agree with dornberg for your next one.

05-23-2001, 07:06 PM
beautiful image...more contrast please! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif I love the geometry of the shadows against the house


05-23-2001, 07:30 PM
Agreeing with my collegues... One of the most fun tricks of our trade is how we can emphasize light by adding a few darker values... I'm certain there's something philosphical in that!

Jeanine Jackson
Stamford, CT

05-23-2001, 11:55 PM
The railings are like arms outstreched ready to take me in...I'd like to live there. I like the faint quality personally.


05-24-2001, 06:12 AM
Nice work Jane. I think you need to work more on the steps. To me, it looks somewhat flat. I agree with Henton on the Centering issue. What do you think?


05-24-2001, 09:13 AM
Hey Jane. I'm heading out to CA next week (sis is getting MARRIED, OMG). Anyway, love the light in this.


05-24-2001, 09:55 AM
Thank you all for looking. Re: contrast; I was trying for that sickening, overbright look where even the shadows are bleached out.
Yeah, the bricks could be toned down..!
I scanned this, and so have lost the edges of the house; there is actually sky to the sides; but yes, it is extemely centered. I wasn't in a "landscape" frame of mind when doing this... ...or I wouldn't have been so severe. I think I wanted a drop dead look to this; like having something in the sight sp?) of a gun.

Amy.... ...very interesting take on this.....I have felt drawn to go inside that bungalow ever since I saw this photo. I imagine those wide slatted venetian blinds inside; murky light, sleazy chintz. No air conditioning; those big old fashioned fans blowing; burned out people sprawled on old furniture. Maybe I'll let them have a lemonade. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif sort of vintage "Day of the Locust"... a movie you'd love btw. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif I wanted the outside light to be repellant; eye blinding...driving you inside to escape it. Hadn't realized cognitively how strongly the house also beckoned. Somehow I want to go inside that house, too. In spite of what I know is inside. Or maybe... because of it. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif