Saturday, March 13, 2010

Late Morning Stroll 12x9 oil


This painting is from a photo that I have looked at for a few years. I love the shapes and the people and just the way the pieces fit together. I just could not figure out how to approach it and not get hung up in the tons of little details of a busy street scene in San Francisco.
So during the Randall Sexton workshop we could work from a photo and I thought what better way to learn how to get this in oil. Blocking everything in was pretty easy, but editing the right things in and out was where I needed help. With the help of Randy to guide me along I managed to keep it simple and still get a feeling of movement on a busy morning. Shapes are key and the waiter and umbrella number one and the walkers second. Everything else supporting the main subject. I felt pretty good about the decisions I made and it was great to have great advice and instruction.


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6 comments:

Sheila said...

I think you should get an "A" Dori! This is a wonderful piece. My did go right to the vendor and the umbrella. It's a delightful piece!

dominique eichi said...

yes you did a fabulous job deciding what to keep . It all works very well.

Kerri Settle said...

I often find myself avoiding photos with too many details; your painting is a great reminder on how to do it right. You've kept the perfect amount of story, and did a great job with emphasis on the right edges. Inspiring!

Rishi Kapil said...

Wow , excellent composition

Edward Burton said...

This is absolutely wonderful, Dori! You did a great job simplifying the scene and leading the eye.

Pam Holnback said...

Now that his hints are fresh in your mind, you should try another. This one's so successful.