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02-20-2015, 08:43 PM
I did this one as part of a monthly challenge recently in the Acryics Forum. The theme was "wheels" - but the setting was an urban alley in the Trastevere neighbourhood of Rome.

16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvasboard


02-20-2015, 09:34 PM
Colin: I love it. I really like the bikes and your use of gray against color.
How did you post it as a new thread? There is no "new thread" to click on.
OOPS just found it Colin:)

02-20-2015, 10:37 PM
I love it. Creative use of grays is a wonderful way to make the other colors more colorful!

I'm not sure it was meant this way, but I find the colorful reflection of the gray man a bit humorous. It's kind of as if the Outer Man is very gray and very serious, and the Inner Man is spontaneous and sprite like. I better be careful, though, or I might start psychoanalyzing the subjects of other people's paintings! :lol:

02-20-2015, 10:56 PM

Katie Black
02-21-2015, 01:02 PM
This is cool!....I really like this one, I think the use of grey was a perfect backdrop for the stronger, brighter colours.

02-21-2015, 02:20 PM
Thanks Derek. AJ, Mary and Katie. I appreciate your comments.

I had intended to paint the whole thing in colour, but when I did the bikes (I knew they would be the trickiest) I liked the look of them against the grey of the background, and I thought 'well, Italians love their bikes - that is the colour in their lives' so I left the rest alone, except for that splash of reflection in the water - that I painted inadvertently in an absent-minded moment -- so it is interesting that this became a subject for a comment on the painting: YES AJ, I meant to convey exactly that sentiment, that the inner person as revealed in a puddle on a street is the real person!!!

02-21-2015, 10:58 PM
I agree with Derek, A.J., maryinasia and Katie Black, very nice use of the grayed background to make the color in the scooters really punchy. About the shadow of the man: isn't it interesting how some "accident" that happens in a piece can often add a lot to it? I've often thought maybe those accidents come from the artist's unconscious and aren't accidents at all. Of course, it's easy to think that when the accident turns out quite well, as it did in this case. :)

02-22-2015, 10:38 AM
Thanks Annie!

02-23-2015, 08:11 PM
This is great COlin. I really like the row of bikes.

Vasilios Kats
02-24-2015, 04:21 AM
Very difficult the theme with the bikes. Very good Collins

02-24-2015, 04:25 AM
interesting composition.................jan :)

02-24-2015, 11:44 PM
Thanks Bhavani, Vasilios and Jan.

The bikes were tricky to get - I did several sketches to get the shapes.

02-25-2015, 10:21 PM
So much interest in this composition, I like very much how I wanted to go searching in the background.

02-26-2015, 08:06 PM
Colin - The bikes look great & they are nicely balanced by the lone figure which adds depth & interest - Super !


02-26-2015, 09:05 PM
Thank you very much Babs and Michael.

04-27-2015, 02:05 PM
I love the composition and the slash of color the bikes make against the grey of the rest of the work.

05-02-2015, 12:10 AM
Thanks very much daq7.

05-04-2015, 06:00 PM
Great composition Colin. Nice way to pit the bright color against the grey environment. It makes the colors pop.

05-04-2015, 11:52 PM
Thank you very much Chris.

05-15-2015, 07:36 PM
very wonderful looking painting

06-10-2015, 01:37 AM
Thanks Jock!