View Full Version : wip would like help on this one.

11-05-2007, 01:02 PM
Hi folks, this has a story to it,copy of a painting goes back 1940's,dont know where the painting has gone.Dont know who the painter was. Just know it is of King's Square in Saint John,NB. The monument has been gone from there for a long time. I remember as a kid there was a water fountain on the other side where we used to drink from. Ok, I've tried this a couple times and cannot get the buildings to my liking,in colour I mean. I did a rough one just to get some ideas from some of you. James J.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Nov-2007/87072-kingssquare1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Nov-2007/87072-kingssquare.jpg

11-06-2007, 12:10 AM
Preserving history is a good thing. Even more so that you have wonderful memories of this area..:)

Pulling up a chair.


11-06-2007, 02:01 AM
I love St John so I am here watching too. Looking at that water I can taste the lobster in the restaurant in Alma. This is a great start. I suspject that the building colour is a bit warm for the stone used in St John at least on the shady side of the street. Keep going as it really is a fantastic start and you will probably get lots of good advice here.

11-06-2007, 06:18 AM
Hi James,
I like your drawing on the left. The composition is very nice. I think this is going to be a lovely painting. I love architectural subjects.

I can't help with color suggestions, but do want to watch you paint this.


11-06-2007, 07:30 AM
I like the prospective of the drawing. Pulling up a chair.:thumbsup:


11-06-2007, 08:42 AM
Try Googling, I found lots of references/photos.


11-06-2007, 11:14 PM
I'll keep trying,

11-07-2007, 06:07 AM
I would boost the shadows to give it more impact.

Here's a manip - the shadow from the right hand building is at the slightly wrong angle if the right hand gable is in sun.



11-07-2007, 10:41 AM
I wish I could help with this but don't often paint architecture. Doug is the expert on this. Great that you want to capture this piece of history!

11-09-2007, 06:47 PM
Oh boy! put your chairs away folks, I've fouled this one and will start a new one. Doug , I'm sort of sure the sun is above the tree and the time is probably a little before noon. Where you see the lady on the far right is the front door of that store, that street runs across the picture, the artist is facing west, across the harbour is West Saint John. Notice very little shadow in front of the buildings. I would like to show shadow such as you show, started it and made a mess , so will go anew. Thanks.