View Full Version : A sunny day in the Big Smoke...a x-post

09-20-2007, 01:02 AM
Hi All - I took the train to Brisbane yesterday with my painting kit to try my hand at an urban scene. I found a nice shady spot at the Botanical Gardens and set up with a view across the river looking towards the Story Bridge - a lovely morning with lots of curious passers-by. I called it quits at lunchtime and did a bit of tweaking at home this morning - critique welcome!

09-20-2007, 04:40 AM
Hi David
that's very good, I like your depth and light capture.

Margaret 59
09-20-2007, 06:12 AM
You do these so well, I'm jealous. :D

09-20-2007, 06:25 AM
just beautiful work! Love it all but especially the dappled sunlight.

09-20-2007, 06:42 AM
WOW! Thats a great scene and very expertly done

09-20-2007, 07:29 AM
No question about the sunshine...love the dappling and the peaking through to the scene. Very inviting view.

09-20-2007, 07:57 AM
Thanks Jane - it was a lovely day with a hint of haze

Hi Margaret - I get jealous every day. It's ok if it makes me try harder!

Thanks Lulu - I was sitting under a very large tree which gave a glorious spread of deep shade

Thanks dreamz - no experts here - only us chickens!

Thanks Celeste - that's a Brisbane spring day for you - bright and warm!

09-20-2007, 08:00 AM
The detail in this is amazing! Beautiful scene.

09-20-2007, 11:31 AM
I love this one. The bridges are wonderful. I used to live in Lousiana, it makes me home sick to see such a lovely painting as this. Jan

09-20-2007, 12:15 PM
So well done.

09-20-2007, 03:05 PM
Amazing depth and detail...you couldn't have done this all outside...or did you? I love the foreground branch and the bridge in the distance.

09-20-2007, 05:56 PM
David this outstanding. The work on the bridge, the play of light across the water and inbetween those lovely tree shadows.

09-20-2007, 06:27 PM
David this is absolutely fantastic. A masterpiece! Well done.

09-20-2007, 07:49 PM
Thanks Gail!

Hi Jan - the Story bridge is a single structure with two high points and a big dip in the middle. I'm sure I would like to see Louisiana!

Thanks Lavenderfrost!

Hi Linda - I would say about 90% was done onsite - I added the figures and tightened up the contrasts and details when was back home. The foreground branches were the last things I put in when I was there - I thinned them out a little to get some more of the opposite bank showing.

Thanks Ann - the bridge was a bit tricky, and the water seemed a bit bland for a while, but then a breeze sprang up and made some variations on the surface, which helped

Thanks Sue - I am embarassed now!

09-20-2007, 08:25 PM
Excellent painting, with depth, light, shadows and a city in the far, far away background, with water. Wonderful. And spring, when here in NE, tomorrow is the first official day of fall. I love we are in opposite sides of the world: Spring and Fall.

Have run out of compliments, but not out of admiration for a painting well done.

09-21-2007, 04:35 AM
Thanks Paulafv - we don't get so much of the pretty fall (autumn) colours in Australia - I'm sure it would be good to see!