View Full Version : Street Scene in Spain

09-20-2013, 09:22 PM
I don't usually do architecture, in fact I try to avoid it, but since I visited my father's village in Spain last year, I've been wanting to paint some of
the street scenes. This was a struggle for me as I have so much trouble with perspective of buildings, but I forged ahead, one step at a time.
First I grid my photo and transferred it to my paper, enlarging it by 50%. It fit on an 11 x 15 sheet of Arches 140#.

Then I started to block in colors, paying attention to where the shadows were going to be.


At this point I left it alone to dry until the next day.
Session two, I went a little further with it, trying not to let the wet colors touch and then left it to dry. Took it upstairs with me and studied it to see if I was on the right tract or not. Saw some things I needed to change.

Next session I corrected a few things and added some color to the shady side of the street and reinforced the street shade.

I studied it again that evening, comparing it to the photo and saw more things that I needed to fix. Next morning I made my corrections, put in the distant hills, darkened the sky and use a pen to do the iron work.


I wouldn't call this a satisfactory painting, but it was a good learning experience and I'm hoping to do better the next time.

C & C Welcome.

M.L. Schaefer
09-21-2013, 02:46 AM
I think you did an excellent job....but darkening the values would make it even better. There are only two things bothering me. You didn't keep the sidewalk straight, and instead I only see the curvy look of the asphalt's lights and darks, and not the straightness of the actual sidewalk. That should be easy to correct. The other thing is there is a small piece of building (reddish colored) that I could not get a "read" on. I think we should take a page from Noge's book (and I took me a LONG time to "get it" myself). One does NOT have to paint every little thing that one sees. It's a difficult lesson, but a big step forward for an artist.

For not doing architectural/building work! I say Wow, you did really, really well. Congratulations!

:heart: Margarete

09-21-2013, 05:19 AM
I think you did an excellent job. Now all you need is a figure or something in the street.

09-21-2013, 06:28 AM
I think your painting is very nice. It has meaning to you since it of your father's village too. :D

I agree with Margarete that deepening the shadow tones would really make the sunlit sections stand out more. A very pale wash of blue over the white buildings also might be nice.

Notice in your reference photo that the buildings on the right side of the street are in shade in the part closest to the viewer. You might put a pale wash of shadow over them too. That would automatically move our eyes farther into the painting IMHO. ;)


09-21-2013, 07:23 PM
Thanks for the suggestion and help on this one. Sometimes it takes fresh eyes to point out the problems.
I'm happy with it now.

M.L. Schaefer
09-21-2013, 07:28 PM
Ah, Maria, Perfecto!

:heart: M.

09-22-2013, 12:20 PM
Beautiful, especially with the touchups... :clap: :clap: :clap:

09-22-2013, 12:29 PM
Thank you all with your encouraging comments and helpful advice.
I'm on to my second one. This time the church.
I'll be posting it soon.