Monday, March 11, 2013

ADVENTURE ON THE WATERSIDE


NOTES

Pier Cafe is close to the well known Coronado Bridge in San Diego.
Where you see the umbrella is the entrance patio,
connected to the busy board walk ,
entertained by mime artists, and bike carriages

It was a hot day, so I sat in the shade of a little building
on the side of a small outside platform, on my fishing stool,
with a backpack with my art tools, next to me.

A policeman came by and looked at me, my backpack, and my stuff.
Was I gonna jump, or did I have a concealed weapon?
When he was gone, I smiled, because it finally dawned on me
that he was checking if I really was just painting!

The challenge with this painting was to express the ambience of that moment.
In reality the siding on the building was a nostalgic and rustic faded brown,
but the windows looked super modern.
Since I wanted an idyllic look, I decided to use the long side,
had to extend the rocks side - not there in reality. 
This way it thrusts and points the scene upward to the sky.
I choose for warmer colors on the restaurant and the rocks
to match the sweltering hot day
.
I emphasized the rocks to lead the eye of the viewer into the painting.
Otherwise the restaurant would have looked as a cut-out,
appearing out of "nothing."

The sky reveals the cross hatch technique, a common technique used
for the pastel medium. Great for the Kitty Wallis paper with a lot of "tooth",
so I could put enough layers on it. (the more tooth, the rougher the paper
feels like fine sandpaper)



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22 comments:

  1. So fun to see your own take on the photo you posted ocver on your other blog! The painting is even more beautiful.

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    1. Sallie, thank you! I have the daydreamer take on it:)

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  2. Great spot, and great painting!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    1. Gary, thanks! It's the stilts that make it different for other restaurants:)

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    1. You could do it too, after practicing hard for some time!

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  4. thankyou for the picture, the story behind it, and the explanations of how you went about it. My mother used to work with pastels when she was young. I wished she had carried it on into later life.
    Have a wonderful week. I am linking up to you through Our World Tuesday.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Jill! Have you ever thought on starting with pastels? The drawing part is harder than the pastel part:)

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  5. Pretty scene and a lovely painting. You are good! Have a happy week ahead!

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    1. Thank you Eileen! I think in most things we can become good, as long as we give it time and energy:) Wishing you a great week as well!

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  6. A great place for painting and such a scenic subject!

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    1. Thank you, Arija for coming by my art blog! Yes, it's a lovely place:)

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  7. Beautiful piece of work. I am envious... I can take photographs but drawing/painting talent is non existent

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Molly, not so quick:) If you take pics you already have learned what good design is! Something people who know how to draw have great difficulty with. The "talent" comes by 99% blood, sweat and tears:) - really!

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    1. Thanks Carol! You're always encouraging!

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  9. it IS idyllic...
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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    1. Thank you, Roger! The trick is to see the beauty in the common:)

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  10. Your work is very beautiful! I love it!!

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    1. Thank you Amanda! With the reflections of the water it was not hard to make this a worthy painting:)

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  11. Lindo, fico encantada com essa arte do desenho em pastel...beijos!

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