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Johannes Instructor
01-07-2015, 06:08 PM
Essentials of Painting Cityscapes starts January 17
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2015/135220-GalleryDistrict4.jpg

This exciting online course is not easily found in the art world but Johannes Vloothuis once again has put together some
amazing techniques to create impressionist cityscapes. He will show how to dramatically simplify what would normally
be too complex to paint when it comes to street scenes. This course will benefit you in all painting themes because
he will hit home on how to stimulate the viewer’s mind and not only please the eye. Once you understand these
principles you will loosen up so you can set up your own paintings to appeal to the viewer’s imagination which is what
impressionism, no matter what medium or the subject, is all about. Videos demos will be given in oils. watercolor and pastels.

You will learn how to:
· Create depth
· Make it appear that people and vehicles are moving
· Create foggy and late evening moods in a city
· Manipulate edges to create dreamy effects
· Simplify details in buildings
· Make streets look wet with light reflections

TIME: 1:00 to 4:00 PM EST (The class may extend more than 3 hours)
DATES: 3 Saturdays: Jan 17, 24 & 31
You do not have to attend the live courses. Everything gets recorded and can be downloaded at no extra cost.

To register: http://www.northlightshop.com/essentials-of-painting-impressionist-cityscapes

Rosemarie
01-15-2015, 12:17 PM
Hi everyone! I hope all of you taking the cityscape class has found this forum and thread.
Before we go on Livestream It is good if you have updated Adobe Flash Player. Ther is a new update.

nc2013
01-15-2015, 08:34 PM
Hi Everyone. I am looking forward to my first online class.

robertsloan2
01-16-2015, 08:45 AM
I can't wait till tomorrow morning! This one is going to rock. I live in one of the world's most beautiful cities and want to be able to paint it well.

NC, you're starting out with one of the best online teachers there is. My best advice is, have a sketchbook handy and take copious notes. Jot down all the golden nuggets and sketch fast when he does diagrams. This helps! It also helped me remember them and apply them in my painting later.

Rosemarie, thanks for the tip about Adobe update. I updated a few days ago so I am probably up to date.

*Deirdre*
01-16-2015, 04:54 PM
Any clues to the medium being used tomorrow?

nc2013
01-16-2015, 05:22 PM
The Class description lists - "Videos demos will be given in oils. watercolor and pastels."

nc2013
01-18-2015, 04:18 PM
I really enjoyed day 1 of the class and learned a lot. I plan on using the software Jo recommended called FotoSketcher. Here is a link for the free software - http://www.fotosketcher.com/ .

Is there any other forum for this class? I guess I thought there would be more commentary after the class considering there were 275+ attendees.

It would be great to see some works in progress from other students.

susy q
01-20-2015, 03:15 PM
Hi Joh...enjoying this course very much. Learned a ton already. Style is style, that's all. Really, it is all about the concepts...hope I was able to get some of them right. Spotlight on the clock tower - the most detail there. Very difficult to paint vehicles and people without wanting to put so much detail in there...did I made you look at the tower first? Thanks for permission to use your photos. See you in class this weekend. Susy:wave:

Spenser
01-20-2015, 04:26 PM
Really enjoyed the course! I have been pouring through my cityscape reference photos from a while back, unfortunately eliminating many because I didn't know where to aim the camera at the time I was taking them. But thanks to Jo, I now know what to look for in a photo, and how to set up for a good composition.
The interview with Sargent was genius! :)

Pastelist-Judith
01-22-2015, 07:51 PM
Hi Jo,
Here is my painting from last Saturday's class. I actually had to create a Frankenstein composition. Bldgs on the right are from the night time shot of San Francisco city streets, while the bldg. on the left is from the China Town shot. I used it to design the building and street on the left so that the bldgs. wouldn't be in the same position on both sides of the composition. Had great fun creating this, but I need help on the straight lines of the bldgs.

Thanks for your wonderful class!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2015/1963440-China_Town.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2015/1963440-San_Francisco_streets_NIGHT_SCENE.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2015/1963440-Foggy_Twilight-resized_for_wet_canvas.jpg

valh
01-23-2015, 08:10 PM
My homework effort for week 1 of Impressionist Cityscapes. Somehow, I really need to learn how to use more paint! Especially after I have done an undercoat.......anyway here it is fwiw. =)
11x14 oil on canvas

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jan-2015/40174-Wk1_ImprsstCityScape_Val.JPG

Johannes Instructor
01-24-2015, 08:42 AM
Hi Jo,
Here is my painting from last Saturday's class. I actually had to create a Frankenstein composition. Bldgs on the right are from the night time shot of San Francisco city streets, while the bldg. on the left is from the China Town shot. I used it to design the building and street on the left so that the bldgs. wouldn't be in the same position on both sides of the composition. Had great fun creating this, but I need help on the straight lines of the bldgs.

Thanks for your wonderful class!http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/22-Jan-2015/1963440-Foggy_Twilight-resized_for_wet_canvas.jpg
Judith this is exactly what I am looking for. You pulled off a successful impressionist cityscape. Thumbs up for the simplification! I will say more during class.

Johannes Instructor
01-24-2015, 08:44 AM
My homework effort for week 1 of Impressionist Cityscapes. Somehow, I really need to learn how to use more paint! Especially after I have done an undercoat.......anyway here it is fwiw. =)
11x14 oil on canvas

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jan-2015/40174-Wk1_ImprsstCityScape_Val.JPG
The good thing about impressionism is you don't need any detail and it will work just fine. I would put some discordant colors to break monotony. Signs, red break lights, stop lights, etc. work well.

LadyMadonna
01-24-2015, 09:12 AM
I worked three days on this one and I am still not pleased. I started off watching the video and got lost in the city. It became too busy and I felt myself overworking all of it. I could not get my values to work right . I will still try to fix it with perhaps a glaze of yellow light later on when it is drier. I feel using some grey toned gesso did me in more than help me. I also did not honour the mid section like I should have. It really looks like the seedy side of town .Some of those buildings need a definite rework. Win some \ lose some. Ready for the next.

TeaTrekkie
01-24-2015, 09:21 AM
My homework effort for week 1 of Impressionist Cityscapes. Somehow, I really need to learn how to use more paint! Especially after I have done an undercoat.......anyway here it is fwiw. =)
11x14 oil on canvas


I wanted to say that I love your figures on the corner. They look so real! And the left half of your painting is very lovely along with those colors in the street. For critique, I would straighten up that bigger tan building's side a bit. Otherwise, I think you used enough paint to get your message across. ;)

LadyMadonna
01-24-2015, 12:12 PM
In the last hour I have been lightening my sky ( to cover that grey gesso ) and straightening some buildings. I await your suggestions .

Borntobeanartist
01-24-2015, 02:41 PM
I guess I posted my homework in the wrong spot. It is not complete, but would like some suggestions if possible. Thanks for your great classes! I have learned so much!

flowerartwater
01-24-2015, 06:32 PM
Puzzled about where to submit now, there seems to be so many places, but here goes. This is from a photo that does not have any people in it, the first image.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2015/189424-JoAnns_birdbath_email.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2015/189424-JoAnns_Birdbath_version_1_email.jpg

LadyMadonna
01-26-2015, 02:59 PM
I went back at this one again and I am now going to leave as is so I can start on the pastel. If realize there is far too much in the foreground and although part of this I do not mind for most part I consider it a failed painting. Composition is a weak point of mine. We need a course on " perspectives" Jo.
Hint.

nc2013
01-26-2015, 05:32 PM
I went back at this one again and I am now going to leave as is so I can start on the pastel. If realize there is far too much in the foreground and although part of this I do not mind for most part I consider it a failed painting. Composition is a weak point of mine. We need a course on " perspectives" Jo.
Hint.

Seems a little harsh on yourself. I'd think the only "failed painting" is the one you never attempted.

VeeKee
01-27-2015, 10:50 AM
Donna I love your cityscape - it has a "madcap", Alice in Wonderland, feeling.

susy q
01-27-2015, 04:19 PM
First palette knife painting, will put light glows in when the thick paint is dry enough in a week or two. Looking forward to next class.

Johannes Instructor
01-27-2015, 09:35 PM
First palette knife painting, will put light glows in when the thick paint is dry enough in a week or two. Looking forward to next class.
Definitely impressionist!

SouthCarolinaNana
01-27-2015, 11:18 PM
This is kinda like a street in Charleston. There was a mighty battle going on between my right and left brain.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Jan-2015/1872962-20150127_125718.jpg

ToskaFromAlabama
01-28-2015, 05:27 PM
Oil 16 x 12 Capri, Italy. I took photo on my trip there in 2012.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2015/1146577-1048_Capri_Steet_Scene.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jan-2015/1146577-reference_Capri.jpg

Alta Imp
01-29-2015, 11:29 AM
Some great tips on handling impressonistic cityscapes and I've really been enjoying the course. Haven't been able to do any painting this session but hope to put the knowledge to practice soon. Jo would you be able to mention a few pointers on doing a city skyline this coming Saturday as I have this in mind and thought it may be somewhat related. Took this photo in Pittsburgh this past Nov (the original and a crop of it).
Thanks
Barb

LadyMadonna
01-29-2015, 03:53 PM
I tried a another in pastel today based on the photo of a friend of mine. I was drawn to all the reflected light.
I may try this one in oils at another time.

susy q
01-29-2015, 05:42 PM
I counted how many strokes it took just to do this amount of painting on a little 8 x 10 and was surprised I reached 603 strokes which at 25 cents a stroke would have cost me $150.75 - too rich for my blood LOL
Great exercise, lessons learned: put a lot of paint on the brush to push it around, make sure your value is correct, stop painting - the next few strokes aren't going to fix it, if you don't like the painting reassess your composition, design, and the "why" you wanted to paint it - is the why still there?
Will do this counting thing again for exercise, makes you think every stroke as you have to write it down so you can't just throw some stroke down. Counted everytime the brush left the canvas (all the mistakes too) Valuable exercise for others to try. See you Saturday - wish it wasn't over so soon. Bad photos as usual.

Borntobeanartist
01-29-2015, 06:05 PM
Well I finished it with the people.So I hope you can pull it up from here. I need help with my people
Really looking foward to Saturday!!!

I guess I posted my homework in the wrong spot. It is not complete, but would like some suggestions if possible. Thanks for your great classes! I have learned so much!

SouthCarolinaNana
01-29-2015, 08:11 PM
Here is an adjusted picture with shadows. And I wanted to post it again with the real picture with it for reference.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2015/1872962-EastBayResized.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jan-2015/1872962-20150128_155700.jpg

LadyMadonna
01-30-2015, 03:54 PM
I dusted off some pastel on Canson so I could rework a few areas. Took out the pink and added more oranges. I blurred the figures more as you have suggested .

flowerfan
01-30-2015, 05:58 PM
This is my watercolor version of the James street demo Johannes presented the first Saturday. The background sketch is too dark because I used the computer to make and print it. I didn't want to waste time on drawing since it seemed the point of this was to create the spot-lighting effect and reflections on wet pavement.

I probably could have refined it more, but I've been working on it for 2 weeks now, and I kind of got worn out. Lots of fun, though!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jan-2015/1124892-Cityscape2_q60.jpeg

flowerfan
01-30-2015, 06:08 PM
First palette knife painting, will put light glows in when the thick paint is dry enough in a week or two. Looking forward to next class.

IMHO, EVERYONE is doing a great job, but I personally LOVE this one (knife painting by suzy q). It really reminds me of Paris. I hope to see this posted when completed.

VeeKee
01-30-2015, 06:56 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jan-2015/68714-Rainy_day_at_Oxford.jpg


Here's my homework from the two weeks of sessions Johannes. My biggest challenge in this piece was the cars and the people. It is based on a photo I took on my first trip to England. I flipped the photo to have the cars travelling on the right side of the road LOL. Also deleted a horking big tree in the photo at the vanishing point. Would appreciate your comments. Let me know if you want me to post the original photo.

nc2013
01-30-2015, 07:38 PM
SouthCarolinaNana, I like your painting even more than the actual photograph.

valh
01-30-2015, 08:03 PM
My week #2 effort. This one feels a little more 'together'

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jan-2015/40174-2ValsCityScape.jpg

nc2013
01-31-2015, 12:07 AM
Has anyone thought of using Google Earth Pro to capture any city scene they like? Pro version is now free and you can save high res images to your computer.

Dmurray100
01-31-2015, 09:18 AM
My homework for week 3 class. This Painting is done with PanPastel and pastel pencils and Cretacolor sticks on Mi-teintes Touch sanded paper. The reference photo is attached as well

Stetler
01-31-2015, 12:35 PM
This was way out of my comfort zone. I guess you have to start somewhere.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2015/1892756-100_7382_616x800.jpg
Thanks Sarah Stetler Miller

Stetler
01-31-2015, 12:38 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2015/1892756-10922325_903788026318645_1008469332391598170_o.jpg

I wondered about using this picture, and how to compose the painting.

VeeKee
01-31-2015, 01:26 PM
My pic821342

ToskaFromAlabama
01-31-2015, 02:15 PM
Watercolor just accepted in National Exhibition. Woo hoo CITY PARK SCENE

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2015/1146577-1044_Walk_with_friend_18_x_24__Nov_2014.jpg

Stetler
01-31-2015, 02:56 PM
My painting is really washed out compared to the real one. I wanted to know how to finish my painting.
Thanks, Sarah Stetler Miller

Borntobeanartist
02-05-2015, 12:28 PM
Hi Jo!
Thanks for all your wonderful classes! Me having no formal training, this has helped me tremendously!!!

I have changed the contour of the mountain and did some shading on the buildings as you suggested in class. I used pan pastels to do this. Hope that was ok?

Regards, Anita