Midday city bustle, 2011 ::: Watercolor on paper
Posted in the New York, USA gallery
This painting has caused quite a stir in the family, so to speak. My wife thinks it looks “photorealistic” which is, of course, the ultimate insult!
And here I was thinking I got the intense light just right and thought the figures on the left are loosely done and have just enough information to tell the story. Far from realistic. I think I know what she means, though. The car on the right may be a bit overworked.
There’s a taxi cab in this one as well, but it came out a little puny. Definitely not a Crown Victoria, this one… what can you do? 🙂
The palette for this painting was incredibly simple, just grays mixed from yellow ochre, cobalt blue, permanent rose, or, ultra blue and burnt sienna, respectively. In my opinion, it always comes down to primaries. If you think about the gray mixes, they are basically red, blue and yellow. The secret is not what kind of fancy color you use, but HOW you use it. Maybe I am old school? (yikes)
The line in the middle was done by lifting paint while still wet using a stiff paintbrush.
That reminds me of a quote by the legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong: “It’s not about the bike.”
The man is so right!