Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mid-Day on Main
15x22 watercolor

I couldn't wait to post this.  I have been hanging on to the photo that inspired this painting for about 10 years now.  I have been too chicken to paint it.  Finally, in Pat Kochran's class (I am taking a finding your own style class), one of the themes was a city scape with watercolor and acryllic.  I narrowed it down to 5 photos.  By taking a class, it makes my process more pronounced.  It made me articulate out loud why I liked this photo and what was my goal (plan) for my painting.  I wanted to capture the essence of the hustle and bustle of this main street in Holland Park, London.  The crowd walking, people enjoying lunch, someone waiting for the bus, the cars moving along on the street is so energizing to me.  I just love that city vibe.  I am always drawn to umbrellas and awnings, which were in this photo, too.  I am pleased with the outcome.  Please don't take this as being conceited.  If you follow my blog, you know that I rarely toot my own horn.  But, in this case, since I was so intimidated (for 10 years) to paint it, I made a plan, took the baby steps and luckily, it worked to my satisfaction.

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  1. You don't have to excuse yourself and you are absolutely not tooting any horns, this is simply gorgeous!! So you are totally allowed to feel satisfied! It's a great scene and light/shadow is just perfect...and beautifully painted.

  2. The paintings great. Enjoy the look of your watercolors, such an free hand. It does feel good to successfully accomplish what was once intimidating.

  3. I just realised I missed your last post (which is excellent)! Sorry about that! And you I agree that you should feel SO proud of this one! You have such a fresh and lively painting here and it isn't remotely over-worked either. I LOVE this :0)

  4. thank you so much for your thoughts and thanks for letting me proud.

  5. Liana, this is BEAUTIFUL! I always love your work anyway, but this took my breath away. I'm back after a long absence on the internet and was drawn to this painting. Funny, I have a photo similar to this taken during the summer and my sketch came out too linear and tight. I love your looseness so much here that I might have to revisit my own sketch. Don't feel guilty being proud of your work - you did great!


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