Sep 23, 2010

Having fun with a landscape painting

I have a great collection of photos from our travels abroad over the last 20 years. Lots of landmark buildings, scenery, and bridges. I want to try my hand at painting some of them but I'm not much for boring landscapes and most landmarks are a mixture of browns and grays, also boring.

I've seen artists jazz up images with bright colors and perspective changes so I thought I'd give that approach a try. My first victim? London's Tower Bridge...

Pretty impressive landmark but for me it's not that inspiring as a subject to paint. The first thing I did when sketching the bridge on to my canvas was to warp things a little bit. After that I applied a light  under-painting for the background and water.

At this point, the painting is starting to get a little more interesting. I thought about colors for a while and settled on warm tones.

I finished things off with some india ink to highlight the edges and I resisted painting a knight bungee jumping from the closest tower. I have not varnished the piece yet so the bungee jumper is not out of the question yet...
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Kat said...

I say put the bungee jumper in! Now THAT would be a place to jump.


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