|5" x 9-1/2" watercolor on 140 lb. paper|
No! I answered. Absolutely not! I knew that I finally needed to complete his Cityscape Challenge.
His challenge is posted here - to paint and simplify a scene using a random street in San Francisco as a reference - and from the moment I saw the photo I was intrigued by it. One reason for this is because Frank Eber does this kind of scene all of the time in watercolor (see his New York streets here), and his goal and Terry Miura's goal is the same: SIMPLIFY! And both are very successful at it. If you visit their blogs, you too will be the beneficiary of their generously-shared knowledge. And witness to their great art.
Of course knowing is not the same as doing and the most successful parts of this picture were where I actually paid attention and tried to follow their learned advice. In the least successful parts I would not only forget to simplify, but would also forget what medium I was using - I was practically scrubbing the paper in parts, with watercolor! Don't know what came over me, really.
|2-5/8" x 9" (lol)|
Excuses, I know. But I can't help myself.
I set up my paper to draw a big swath of buildings on the side, and decided, for the composition, and to humanize the picture, to place a man crossing the street on the page. With the buildings, though, I really lost it - simplicity out the window (er, out all of the windows.) So I sat staring at the completed piece, not really satisfied, and suddenly I saw two much better pictures were I to simply to cut the page vertically, just so. And that's what I did. On the right is the other picture, cut from the left. So that the first picture that you saw on the left, was on the right, and the second picture that you see on the right was on the left, capisce?
So that's about it. No poetry, no witticisms, nothing particularly clever to say today. Sorry about that. This picture left me high and dry. And I had to meet that deadline. If 99% is simply showing up, at least I did that. And I left having learned a thing or two.
'Till next time..