View Full Version : I spy.. a yellow tram

03-03-2015, 03:13 AM
Second one in my Portland streetcar series.
Oil on 12x12 gessoboard. C&C welcome!

03-03-2015, 05:51 AM
Like the scene and composition - it however feels if it doesn't hold my attention. Maybe the focul point, hard edge and bit more tonal variation? George.

03-03-2015, 10:54 AM
That's right SUV driver you just wait for that tram. Love the light hitting the building, the color of the tram, the large dark area of the SUV kind of sucks the painting into that corner too much, IMO. Very urban.

03-03-2015, 02:03 PM
Thanks George and Cerastes. I appreciate your input. I agree about the dark SUV distracting. I will lighten and grey it down a bit. I will also add some more details to the light on the tram as that is my COI.

03-03-2015, 06:46 PM
The light and shadow on the side of the tram is a dramatic device. This painting pretty well works for me. I will interested to see any changes that you make. Gary

03-04-2015, 02:15 AM
Thanks Gary.
I worked on it a bit today and I feel this is much better. I just toned down the car and added small bits of detail to the tram. Also Added some bits to the distance as well.
Including a close-up shot. Color are truer here

03-04-2015, 10:27 AM
Nicely done. Great atmosphere

03-04-2015, 05:41 PM
Thanks EP.

I hope my rework works and the eye is no longer pulled to the left as before and there is enough in the light side of the tram and beyond to hold your attention. Would love to hear some feedback on the rework.

03-04-2015, 06:37 PM
bhavani: Wow: I love your vehicles and the atmosphere you portray.
Very nice.

03-04-2015, 08:37 PM
The tram is absolutely a stunner, like the streetcar in your earlier work. Very expressive work.

03-04-2015, 11:48 PM
Very special,,,,loved seeing the close up,,,,such
brilliant color!

03-05-2015, 12:29 AM
Really gorgeous! I think the reflections of the tram are perfectly done, and the brushwork is yummy. I also appreciated the close up and wish I could watch you work sometime, just to see your brushwork in action. Great job!

03-09-2015, 07:35 PM
Thanks Derek, Colin, Babs, Annie. I appreciate your comments.
Annie - I use the masters choice series from Rosemary and Co. Just love them.

03-09-2015, 10:19 PM
Yes, this is very nice. You have painted the surface reflections quite well.

03-10-2015, 08:14 PM
bhavani, thanks for the brush info. Those are a little too pricey for me at the moment, but one can dream. I was wondering if you've ever done or would consider doing a WIP of a cityscape. I love your style and brushwork, and since I'm a relative beginner, I really would love to watch you paint! A WIPis the next best thing to being there and I think it would be a great learning experience.

P.S. I checked out your video - very nice. There really is something about the Pacific Northwest that's very special. My theory is that because it rains so much, when we are finally able to get back outside, we're absolutely stunned by all the beauty around us. If we lived in a less frequently gray, sunnier place, we wouldn't be as likely to notice.

03-16-2015, 07:26 PM
Thanks Annie. I did shoot some WIP pics of my latest painting which i will post soon. Thanks for checking out my video. I am glad you enjoyed it. Yeah I agree with your theory. All the rain makes this place special :)

03-18-2015, 02:46 PM
well I'm impressed (said with a mouthful of envy)

03-19-2015, 08:30 PM
Bhavani - The big shapes make a strong statement. The signature color yellow unifies everything & the detail captured in reflected windows is a wonderful touch - Awesome !


03-20-2015, 08:01 PM
Thanks Beverly and Michael. I really appreciate your comments.

03-21-2015, 12:24 AM
I like the strong shapes in this Bhavani, and that yellow really screams sunlight!

03-21-2015, 03:20 AM
Thanks Rob. Nice to see you in this forum :)