Sunday, August 9, 2009

San Fran


This week's challenge showed a lot of detail and the consensus appears to be that it was difficult. I too found it challenging and only started enjoying the painting after some drawing issues were solved. With this perspective and a long dipping street, it is easy to lose the depth and elevation changes creating a bowling alley. The many wires and cables were also a potential problem, but a beautiful area of interest, so I decided to include as few as possible to tell the story. (Note here...this is me trying to sound like an artist...ha!). Check out all the other versions at DSFDF. oil on masonite 6 1/2" x 8"

36 comments:

  1. I really like what you did with the challenge. I think your choice of the number of powerlines to include was a good one.

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  2. Outstanding for the MOST challenging of photos!

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  3. you have done a wonderful job on this challenge and on such a small scale too. Well done I love it.

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  4. Well you had me fooled, I DID think you sounded like an artist! But I'm really gullible. ;)
    Vern, this is a really nice job you did here on this. Your palette is scrumptious. (<-- that's me trying to sound like a poet) Seriously though, it's a beautiful painting and one of my top favorites of all the ones I've seen. Yay you!

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  5. Thanks Kerri, one more wire could have shorted out the whole darn thing...ha! That is awful, I should apologize.

    Angela and Diana, thank you very much.

    Camille, I'm a weekend warrior on the art thing, so I don't try to take myself too seriously...not like you poets. Thanks for the big thumbs up.

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  6. Hi Vern! I am glad to see that you also succumbed well to the challenge of challenges, as Dana Cooper put it!
    I like yours very much...I laughed at your repsonse about the power lines to Kerri's post!
    Great handling ot it all!

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  7. I LOVE this rendition of the challenge Vern...your work shows a wonderful sense of depth with a warm palette...bravo!! You sound and paint exactly like an artist.

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  8. Excellent, Vern. You captured the depth perfectly,leaving all the important information and losing the insignificant. Awesome!

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  9. I think you did a great job of simplifiying, showing distance, and showing only what's important. Sometimes a challenge is good for us. I often avoid such complicated subjects.

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  10. This is so awesome! I can't wait till I get back and can participate againg in the DSFDF! Yours I feel is one of the best!

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  11. This is a great job I love what you were doing.You captured the depth perfectly.

    And YES you are an artist.
    Beautiful painting!

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  12. Great job at capturing the light and color of the city, and the depth and elevation of the street. Good decision about the power lines - you used just enough of them. I've always felt the power lines were the one ugly thing in San Francisco, yet they're such an integral part of the landscape, it wouldn't be SF without them.

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  13. Absolutely beautiful! One on my favs and I agree with everything Dana Cooper said. Just read her's again. hehe

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  14. Vern this is really outstanding. Your rich color and drafting ability gave way to a wonderful painting with great depth. I want to ride my bike down that street.

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  15. Hey Cathyann, isn't a challenge only challenge if it is indeed a challenge. Thanks my friend.

    Ah thanks Dana, Arti and Gwen, really glad that you all liked it.

    Pam thanks for the support, and as Karin said on a previous challenge, we learn when we stretch ourselves.

    Thanks so much Beverly..love the hair!

    Thanks very much Irit. First Dana, and then you...I now feel validated...ha!

    Thanks for visiting Les and your great comments.

    Thanks so much Marilyn and Dori, I always appreciate hearing from you guys.

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  16. Well, it really reads like that, and surely you jest - this one was very difficult indeed. Nice colors!

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  17. This is beautiful Vern. Very talented painter!

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  18. Beautiful, Vern. The perspective and detail are right on, yet is has a wonderful painterly feel to it.

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  19. You have done a beautiful job with this challenge - your values are perfect, and the rich colors in this make it a real winner.

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  20. A beautiful painting, I like the atmosphere, and the foregrounf, especially.

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  21. Vern - Love your composition. Also, the color palette is absolutely PERFECT!!!

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  22. You did an amazing job on this challenge!

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  23. Incredible GRAND entry with this one!

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  24. Hi Vern, yours come out wonderful.

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  25. Love it Vern it's beautifully painted I like the sense of depth and colors!

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  26. GREAT Shot, I really love the flow in that street and the shadows-it's all about the shadows!

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  27. GORGEOUS!!

    Well done... You certainly met and fulfilled the challenge!!

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  28. Great job with the challenge, Vern!

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  29. I have been away for the last few days, and would like to thank all those who stopped by. I really appreciate all your kind comments which definitely inspire me. Thanks so much.

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  30. Well, you pulled this one off, just like a real artist! Love the flow. And the colours. And the brushwork. And the atmosphere. Well ALL of it.

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  31. Vern, this is one of my favorites. Nice job!

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  32. Your paintings are amazing, and this one particularly is very inspiring, wow. I want to go try some oil cityscapes now!

    Art by Derek McCrea
    http://watercolorpaintingart.blogspot.com

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