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02-25-2015, 04:39 AM
Just off my easel. Starting a new series of streetcar paintings from Portland. This is the first one. Trying to loosen up with thick paint!
Oil on 16x20 gessoboard. C&C welcome
Some closeups to show the textures

02-25-2015, 10:25 AM
love the brushstrokes bhavani.krishnan.....................jan :)

02-25-2015, 10:28 AM
A lot is conveyed with so little... Really like the rich colors and the warm palette! Very nice piece.

02-25-2015, 02:26 PM
Thanks Jan and Keith. I appreciate your comments.
I am still pondering over the left side of the painting. The big pole in the left foreground feels awkward. Do you think it is needed compositionally? I am pondering getting rid of it altogether. I would love to hear some feedback about the composition?
I wonder if this crop works better?

02-25-2015, 03:07 PM
I have no problem with it, could be one of those things that is bothering you more than anyone else. You might make it a tad thinner and see if it still seems clumsy to you. To me, it echoes the strong vertical on the right side and balances the work out. Plus, the crop you show has a POV which sits me in the middle of the street almost, and I'd rather my POV be to the left a bit.

02-25-2015, 04:37 PM
The depth you convey here is nicely done and that splash of light flowing across the bus is also an eye grabber.

02-25-2015, 04:38 PM
I like the picture and you have such a strong focal point that I hardly see that the pole matters. It is part of the background setting the stage and it works fine. Gary

02-25-2015, 09:39 PM
Bhavani - I love those loose, textured brushstrokes, the overall composition & your control of edges which directs attention to areas of interest throughout - Well Rendered ! - One of your best IMO!

If the pole is considered an issue - simply reduce its importance IMO.


02-25-2015, 10:05 PM
Is it (maybe) the curving white lines in the street that
are dragging your eye to the pole?
At any rate, it's a truly gorgeous painting! :thumbsup:

Katie Black
02-26-2015, 04:20 PM
I think the composition works well with the pole in, but I agree it does need to be subdued a bit....great painting!

02-26-2015, 09:37 PM
The pole doesn't bother me either, but I am partial to the cropped view only because it brings that gorgeous streetcar a bit closer to the viewer. You did a great job on this one. Even the overhead wires are excellent.

Edited: Just watched your video about your hometown on your website, Bhavani - really nice! Your painting has evolved into something quite remarkable in such a short span. :thumbsup:

02-26-2015, 09:53 PM
This is really nice. I like the composition as is, although the second crop works also imo.

02-27-2015, 11:27 AM
Wow - I love it! The distant light past the dark foreground buildings, the suggested trees, the warm colors and impressionist style - well done!

02-27-2015, 07:20 PM
I really appreciate all the feedback I got on this. I greatly enjoyed reading all your comments.
Thanks again Keith - I am mostly going to keep it this way and deemphasize the pole a bit
Thanks Jon, Gary for the affirmative comments. Much appreciated
Thanks Michael - I have been working on improving my composition :) and very happy that you think this my best. Goal is to keep getting better.
Thanks Babs - Very good point about the curving white lines. They do take the eye to the pole. I am going to reduce their contrast and de-emphasize them.
Thanks Katie :)
Colin - Thank you so mcuh for your comments on my painting and the video:). I really appreciate it. I am working hard to improve my skills. Thanks for mentioning
Thanks Mary and Matthew. I appreciate your comments.

02-27-2015, 07:22 PM
Great atmosphere Bhavani. I like this.:thumbsup:

03-02-2015, 01:37 PM
Thanks Derek :)

03-04-2015, 10:28 AM
Super! I recognize this :)