8"x 6" Oil on Raymar canvas panel.
Note: This is my second try at an accurate photo. I'm not able to get the contrasts correct. The distance is right but the foreground and middle ground are a bit more intense and sharper than appears on the screen.
This was a hard challenge from Karin Jurick's blog, Different Strokes From Different Folks. For me the goal was to simplify the detailed photo and to create a sense of distance and a bright sunny atmosphere. The street scene had electric wires going everywhere! I don't think I simplified much except for those wires. My focus changed into managing my brush strokes, keeping them simplified and painting shapes instead of objects. I have to continue to remind myself to think SHAPES! I'm pleased with the outcome although I still struggle when I paint on canvas at this small size. I think I'm finally getting use to piling on the paint much thicker when painting on canvas as compared to my preferred surface of a gessoed board. Click here to check out the other artist's version of the same scene and to see the photo that was provided.