Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hunter Street at the TH&B, Hamilton

8x10 Oil on Board
I almost always do a thumbnail sketch in pencil to make sure my composition and values are interesting enough to do a painting. I also find that  value studies in oil give me a lot of information which I can apply to a larger version of the same subject. I am still reading Richard Schmid's book "Alla Prima". He discusses the monochrome block in, and in some cases carried it a few steps further to a finished painting.
This scene is from Hunter Street in Hamilton, looking toward the TH&B Railway Station in the background.

9 comments:

Last Cup Of Coffee said...

this is fantastic! love your choice of moody yet dramatic colors! so glad your daughter is on the mend!

Jan Yates, SCA said...

This is interesting Catherine with the saturation of the mossy green expanse on the left juxtaposed against the smaller spance of sky/figure on the right.I like all the subtle value shifts and nuances in both.Your composition is very sound--after you block in monochrome do you paint right in, wet into wet?

Linda Popple said...

Your paintings of rain are amazing with the colors, reflections, soft edges and atmosphere. I like them all. Well done!

Marie Theron said...

I can feel the mystery of your model walking along the shadowy forms towards the light. The limited palette is very effective, Catherine. And thank you for the name of Richard
Schmid's book!

Kerri Settle said...

This has a great moodiness from that limited palette you used. I love the street sign to the left that draws the eye over.

LindaHunt said...

Your street scenes in the rain draw me in. I love the manner in which you handle the reflections in the rain drenched streets. The bit of blustery sky is very effective.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

This is a lovely piece - you really captured the atmosphere!

Kelley Sanford said...

Your paintings are always so well balanced. Love the greens with the small pops of orange.

diddamsdigitalart said...

The value studies are so important. I really like the colors in this, and then squinting looking at the values, the way the overpass and its reflections form that dark mass almost eclipsing the whole frame. Almost an abstraction, but with lots of information and a narrative wrapped in.