View Full Version : Weekly Inspiration Pictures May 13-19

05-13-2012, 05:53 AM
Much to my shock and horror, all of the photos from Golden Gate Park are gone. I'm not sure how I deleted them from my camera without saving them to my computer, but they're not there. Hitting my head on my desk, hard. That was a major fibromyalgia moment.

I did find seven more recent cool photos to share though. Next time I get out to Golden Gate Park, I'll take more photos - and save them before removing them.

Orchid from waiting room.

Hearst Building, one of many landmark buildings in San Francisco.

Interesting Art Deco inspired skyscraper in San Francisco.

Street View from San Francisco.

Stones and a Leaf - art photo taken for those realist sketch every pebble style drawings. This would be fun in colored pencils or pen and wash.

Sundial from the courtyard of First Unitarian Universalist church.

Fuzz buddy Ari on my lap looking up with a sweet expression. You knew you wouldn't get one of these from me without Ari in it!

Enjoy - and next time I go to Golden Gate Park, I'll see if I can get new photos.

05-13-2012, 02:55 PM
Aww, nuts, Robert! That sucks about you deleting your pics...don't feel too bad, it will motivate you to go back and get more. :)

Thanks for the views of San Fran! Biiiig buildings...
And Ari is gorgeous, I can only imagine what those blue eyes look like in life...wow...I love blue!

But the one I wanted to do first was the street scene; it cracked me up!
At first, I was like, ho hum, a street...but I noticed that the lines of perspective seemed really odd, perhaps amplified by the effect of being taken from a moving vehicle?
I've never cartooned, but tried to make a cartoon out of it. Its not as funny as the picture in my head, but I tried! I even got the spelling wrong, oops...
The sign reads "laws of perspective NOT enforced here"

05-13-2012, 03:00 PM
Dragoon, I love it! Yes, laws of perspective not enforced here! The buildings are on a hill, while I was going up a different hill. So you had two distortions happening simultaneously on the street scene, something I thought was rather fun.

Turned out it was a false alarm. I was wrong on what day I went out for plein air. It was in April. The photos are safe and sound in the April folder. Arrgh! So next time I'll post the Golden Gate ones with the mallard duck bachelors and the pond and bronze panther and everything. I'm very relieved!

Glad my confusion was just about FINDING them, not about deleting 300+ good photos without copying them anywhere!

05-13-2012, 06:34 PM
Oh, some urban sketching in the making Robert!

Glad you found your picts though. . . . I've done that before, forgot what month I took some in and lost them.

Dragoon, great urban sketch!

05-13-2012, 08:42 PM
Thanks for hosting Robert. So glad you found your misplaced pictures. But do plan on going out to Golden Gate Park again.

05-15-2012, 10:43 PM
Thanks for hosting and nice pics Robert, love Ari.
Dragoon, lovely sketch.
Here is my take on orchids in my sketchbook.

05-16-2012, 07:02 PM
Mmmm, those colors look juicy! With just the right amount of blending!

I love the date stamp idea, too! It makes it a part of the artwork, for sure. What object did you use? Another great idea I'm going to have to try out. :thumbsup:

05-16-2012, 07:34 PM
Thanks D, ok this is a cap of my smallest spray bottle:D happy sketching and painting.

05-17-2012, 05:01 PM
Marriam, those orchids are gorgeous.

05-20-2012, 10:30 AM
Marriam, beautiful flowers. Looks like you did that wet in wet? Here is mine, sorry its late, I did it yesterday and didn't get to photograph til I charged my camera.

Done in ledger with pen and then some colored pencil on top.

OK, the uploader won't let me upload as it tells me its not a valid jpg or gif, but it is. I just opened it in photoshop and it was a valid jpg. I converted and saved as gif and it gave me the SAME MESSAGE. UGH.

05-20-2012, 05:49 PM

Trying again after taking a break and this time it liked that same image ok :clap:

05-20-2012, 06:44 PM
Good job Rainy, on what is (for me) a very difficult subject! Buildings...
I especially like how you did the far left windows, the suggestion makes them look in full sun.

I'm glad the uploader glitch was only temporary!

05-20-2012, 07:00 PM
Great drawing of the buildings, Rainy. Did the ledger lines help you line things up in this case?

05-20-2012, 08:03 PM
Marriam, I love your orchids! They are fantastic! Wow! Love the wet in wet between the petals and within them, the clean lines of pen work defining them. It's a wonderful painting.

Rainy, fantastic rendering of the urban skyscraper. I swear, you picked teh toughest reference and did it justice. You've mastered the pen, this is simply wonderful work and I'd frame it if it wasn't bound. Doing it on ledger paper is fantastic.

The ledger lines combined with the building give it such meaning... like your doing the ledger represents all the high finance in those skyscrapers. You should do one on a stand alone piece of ledger paper sometime - maybe a Wall Street skyscrapers scene, and put that in a gallery. Or in print somewhere. Or in some urban art exhibition. Seriously - that is brilliant.

john smith0341
05-28-2012, 07:37 AM
I always notice a one thing among every painter they are all think new no one copy each other and that's a key to success.