Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunlit Street, Dundas

8x10 oil on Canvas
It was bright and sunny today and it usually means that colder weather is on its way. I started this painting by doing a quick sketch from a photo, painting in the darkest darks, coating the canvas with transparent red iron oxide and a little diox purple. I then painted it with a palette of permanent alizarin, ultramarine blue,cobalt blue, cadmium red, cadmium yellow dark, titanium white. I constantly study other artist's work to discover how they get their pictures to look a certain way. This palette is similar to Jennifer Mcchristian's plein air  palette: white, cad yellow medium, cad red, alizarin, ultramarine blue, and yellow ochre. Indian yellow and sometimes thalo red rose as an underpainting. (I read this in an older post, so I'm not sure if she still uses this)
This painting is a street in Dundas near University plaza.

17 comments:

Karen Bruson said...

This is gorgeous, so strong. Love the shadows.

Linda Popple said...

Love the red peeking through and your shadows are so interesting. Beautiful!

Dana Cooper said...

This has a most interesting and beautiful zing to it Catherine, I love it!

Becky Joy said...

Fabulous. Love it.

Jan Yates, SCA said...

What an inspiration today was--1 of the first sunny breaks we've had--and your energy to' get it down' is translated here-interesting colour juxtapositions--have to admit I'm especially taken with the 1 below--the swirling movement and patterning have an almost ethereal feel--almost as if the cars will float away with that beautiful circular movement and patterning of snow, enticing us to move along with it

Janelle Goodwin said...

Love those strong shadows crossing the road. Thanks for letting us know your palette. I've been considering the red iron oxide as an underpainting.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

A strong and appealing painting, Catherine. It conveys the scene perfectly.

jerrycampbell said...

Consider yourself linked, Catherine. It's nice to see someone recording Hamilton. Ever do any plein air work?

Edward Burton said...

This has such a wonderful atmosphere to it. Love the long shadows.

shirley fachilla said...

Grand composition. A very strong painting, but I also really like that subtle shift in sky color. It seems to set up all your vibrant colors wonderfully well.

Molly said...

I love all the different colours in this painting that I didn't notice at first. It's gorgeous.
XXX

SUSAN RODEN said...

Wonderful Catherine! The tire treads really lead the eyes into the painting.
Do you normally work with a limited palette?

Mary Anne Cary said...

Really nice, Catherine. I like your landscapes, so different from those city scenes, you are very versatile!

JanettMarie said...

Wow, a warm Winter scene!

splynch said...

Thanks for sharing your palette. It is always interesting to see what others use. This is lovely. I hope you are ready for the big storm.

Marian Fortunati said...

The reds peaking through are really attractive and the darks make the snow just wonderful!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I'm really liking all of your snow paintings and this one is a slammer!