Monday, July 19, 2010

Pink Umbrella, Front Street, Toronto

8x10 oil on canvas
I loved the style of this woman, who walked so confidently with her red, pink, and white flowered dress and pink umbrella. I tried painting a couple of versions previously, but just couldn't seem to make the central figure part of the scene. I  added a few things...more cars and more building and it seemed to work. There are some scenes that I just HAVE to paint and will struggle with it until I feel I have achieved some degree of success.
This woman walks down Front Street, passing the Flat Iron building as she crosses Church Street.

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19 comments:

Becky Joy said...

I looks like you were successful to me. The extra cars I think probably really helped. The pink umbrella really stands out.

Virginia Floyd said...

Great composition! This one really works. I noticed that a lot of your paintings are rainy day scenes. In July we don't get much rain in San Antonio. Is this your usual weather?

Last Cup Of Coffee said...

beautiful! I love the way you have conveyed the atmosphere!

mary maxam said...

I never would have guessed this pink umbrella could work in a late, wet scene like this and it sooo does. really cool atmosphere

Dana Cooper said...

This looks like it was a fun piece to paint...great job!

splynch said...

Another great scene. I love her stance, like she is picking her way through the puddles.

SUSAN RODEN said...

You capture the essence f the rain so well Catherine - love them!
Refreshing scene too since nearly the whole country is in a heat wave.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

You pulled it off, CJ. In fact, I would say you nailed it!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Beautiful! I love the reflections!

Montag said...
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Montag said...

Your paintings in the rain -

Ross Parmenter, a fellow Canadian, writes in "The Awakened Eye" in 1968 in the chapter "Times Square in the Rain":

The reflected signs are what makes Times Square so marvelous when it rains. ...on a wet night when the pavement reflects those enormous signs, and when their messages, blessedly robbed of intelligibility, sprawl...like...abstractions on black mirrors...


A mysterious syntax has the Rain!

Julie Hill said...

another great one! love the way you do street scenes, figures..and who doesn't love rain, reflections and umbrellas?

Karen Bruson said...

Nice reflections in the streets.

Gwen Bell said...

I do love that pink umbrella and pretty red dress. You've painted in beautifully! I would say she is a very confident woman and you've captured that so well!

Jan Yates, SCA said...

Hey Catherine I haven't checked in for awhile. First of all, congratulations on a successful show..you certainly deserve it and I'm happy to hear you have a collector of such stature! (one of many more I'm sure).

I like this and the previous painting--your pallet is a little 'whiter'--adding to the unmistakable fresh feel of rain in the summer--also more contrast adding a nice lively rhythm.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Montag, thank you for that wonderful descriptive passage. Nice to know others share my appreciation of the rain and how it transforms the images around us.

Virginia, it doesn't rain here all the time, but it has rained a lot this year. I choose to paint rainy scenes because I love the patterns and reflections.

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This is the one of the beautiful picture i have seen....

Luffy said...

I really like the picture and it's view...

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