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10-12-2011, 09:39 PM
Looking up and Down Third Street (X-post)
I took this reference photo, cropped it to this:http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/12-Oct-2011/110200-9272_copy_1_crop.jpg
then I took the crop and changed it to high contrast B&W in PS8:

then did a thumbnail on a scrap piece of mat board:


Then I did a blue underpaint and sketched it out full size (24 x 48) in burnt umber/white:


and now am ready to create a masterpiece like this:

Richard Diebenkorn, Cityscape I,

at least that is what the instructor is trying to teach me...:lol:

C&C always appreciated, Greg

10-13-2011, 06:52 PM
Boy, you've taken on a challenge to paint that photo, but it looks like you're off to a good start!

10-13-2011, 10:26 PM
Thanx Deb, got it started this afternoon, will keep this thread updated. Greg

10-15-2011, 11:00 AM

Here is next stage. Just starting again this AM, will post again later today, C&C always welcome! Greg:wave:

10-15-2011, 12:03 PM

next step..

10-15-2011, 06:18 PM
this is very beautilful, you can just feel the energy flowing in the painting (the bigger one) the smaller study is also nice but not nearly as great as the big one for me :P mind i ask you how you did that scratching speed line effect?

10-15-2011, 06:40 PM
andartarius: Thanx 4 looking!
The scratched line was from a 2" basting brush I bought just for this project.
Yes, a flat basting brush.
I just got the tips wet a very little and pulled.
It was an experiment that gave me an unexpected effect - a sort of movement such as vehicles might make.
I'm not sure I could duplicate it.
I found I had to keep washing the brush and thoroughly drying it each time, it tends to get soggy quickly.

I feel the entire street needs to cover more of the blue underpainting which means I would lose the streaked effect... not sure what to do yet. this is not due until Wed so I have time to study it more.


10-16-2011, 01:14 PM

Finished? :crossfingers:

Trying to avoid getting into too many details. Always glad to hear C&C, this is not due until Wed class.


10-16-2011, 06:39 PM
Fabulous WIP Greg!!
Love the energy in this and the detail in ONLY the sign, gives it a focal point!!
Well done, great colors!

10-16-2011, 07:09 PM
I like the colors it looks like you spent some time on this!

10-16-2011, 07:13 PM
OKeekat: Thanx so much for the comment. I wanted the sign to be recognisable.

Reverse: This took longer than I expected, it was time consuming to only lay a light layer at a time and still leave the right amount of the previous layers exposed. Thanx for commenting