View Full Version : Bridging the gap.. with WIP steps

03-16-2015, 08:05 PM
Latest in my Portland streetcar series. This one took a long time to completion due to complexity and size. It's not super large but larger than my usual sizes
Oil on gessoboard. 16x20". C&C Welcome!
I took some WIP steps in this one. I have added few comments to explain my process. It keeps evolving but this is how I accomplished this painting.
In cityscapes, I first identify my VP and draw those lines with ruler and pencil. I then start of with a rough initial sketch directly in paint using thinned transparent oxide red. Everything other than the VP lines are freehanded. I forgot to click a picture of just the sketch. You will see here that I have started blockin.
I then block-in with thinned paint, darks first. At this stage I also worked on my drawing of the vehicles trying to get shapes right. I struggled a bit with the car to the left and had to wipe out and paint it atleast 3 times. The blockin stage allows me to kill all white and evaluate value relationships.
Now begins the fun part, playing with color and brushwork. I enjoyed using the knife on the bridge a lot. Most strokes I lay down now are final strokes. But I am not afraid of making mistakes. In oils you can always wipe out a wrong area and paint again.
Almost done
I add some more details and Finito

03-16-2015, 09:01 PM
This has such a wonderful light and mood, and so well executed that it will remain one to remember.
Your WIP photos are very informative and appreciated, thank you bhavani.


Katie Black
03-16-2015, 09:45 PM
This is my favorite of yours thus far...I just love it!

03-17-2015, 10:46 AM
Wonderful, Bhvani! The things I notice straight off are that you have a great eye for values, and how well you pare down and simplify a scene. I love the color, the stripey shadows on the bus and the refection in the vehicle windows. Good composition, too.

And I really appreciate the WIP - it's a such a great learning tool. It's very kind and generous of you to take the time to demonstrate your process. If it's not too much trouble, could you post a copy of your reference photo too? I'd like to get a sense of your decision-making process: what to put in and what to leave out. I may try a cityscape using your method.

Also, I'm curious about where the bridge is located. I'm guessing Portland. Again, bravo and many, many thanks!

03-17-2015, 07:48 PM
Very nicely drawn, especially for such a complicated subject. Colors and light are beautiful as well. Gary

03-18-2015, 04:26 AM
Thanks Trier, Katie, Annie and Gary. I really appreciate your comments :D
Annie.. I am glad this helps... here is the ref photo.. As you can see, I painted from a crop of this photo.

03-18-2015, 12:42 PM
Thanks for the photo, Bhvani! Your painting looks so much more alive and interesting than the scene in the photo does!

03-18-2015, 02:39 PM
well kudos to you. It's an excellent piece. A very contemporary "realism" type of work. Great color choices too.

03-21-2015, 03:25 AM
Thanks Annie and Beverly. Your comments made me smile :)

03-22-2015, 08:55 AM
Bhavani: thanks for the progression and the finish is really great. Love the way you did the bridge structure.

03-22-2015, 11:24 AM
Wow Bhavani this is a really accomplished work! You have done the bridge structure on the left so well, and my eye keeps wandering Lang the steel struts. The car and streetcar are also very well done. Love the light and shadow on the bridge deck too.

03-24-2015, 09:06 PM
I enjoyed seeing the process! Esp. your knife painting on the bridge. If that doesn't encourage other artists to use their knife to paint, then nothing will!

03-24-2015, 11:52 PM
There's a great sense of going under the bridge and I like the slanting strips of light on the tram.

03-26-2015, 03:08 AM
Thank you my dear friends Derek, Colin, AJ, and Mary. I appreciate your comments :)

03-27-2015, 09:23 PM
Very nice, sense of motion, nice rust color of the bridge... my only wish is that the buildings were just a tiny bit darker, but it's still a wonderful piece, you must be quite proud of this one!