Thursday, February 24, 2011

Winter Sun, Yonge and Dundas, Toronto

24x24 oil on stretched canvas
This is a very "busy" city intersection.There is a lot going on...billboards, signs, cars, people, and different and weird buildings. I don't know why these scenes attract me and why I take on the challenge of painting them. Throughout the painting process, I definitely go through a love/hate relationship with the picture.
In this scene, the late afternoon light creates  many different highlights that reflect off of each other. There is almost darkness, and at the same time, light that is almost blinding reflects off of the snow.

13 comments:

the art of the dance is like chocolate said...

i think that this is beautiful and that you captured it beautifully! it looks like a warm day even though there's snow!

Karen Bruson said...

Beautiful painting. You really see the gorgeous colors in the darks.

Jan Yates, SCA said...

Wow-the diversity in the angles are amazing and something that i find mind-boggling re how to approach and when in the painting process as they all have to relate--and do so beautifully! This painting is really alive and full of energy but you've given the viewer quiet areas for our eye to rest before travelling through your varied shapes, edges and patterns--especially like the large diagonal shadow that entices one to come into the scene-and stay

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Catherine, I could never say it better than Jan Yates. This painting is so appealing. My eye just wants to stay in the shadow area and try to pick out every detail before going to the light in the distance. Wonderful piece.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Another amazing work, Catherine! I feel the warmth of standing in sunlight while looking down the sidewalk at the lone figure. Your paintings are like reading a novel. Stunning!

Kim said...

Wow. You've made something so complex so cohesive. A real talent. Love the bits of light pinging around in the shadows. Great!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

This is a lovely painting! Makes me feel I'm there! I love the brilliant light and the blue in the shadows!

william said...

what a fabulous scene, bravo xxx

Marian Fortunati said...

Love the play of light in this painting.

Kelley Sanford said...

Have to say, you do shadows better than most any artist I can think of. I want to run from the darks and you relish in them. Well done.

Gwen Bell said...

You have such a talent for painting in the shadows but still keeping the colors clear. Never a trace of mud. Love that triangle of light at the bottom and light on the street in the background. Great depth and a real feel of winter cold!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Wow, Catherine! This is amazing. Exactly the kind of painting I'd be too intimidated to even try. I love the simplified masses and general sense of color harmony, beautiful reflections on the sidewalk too. LOVELY!

Linny D. Vine said...

I love this one, Catherine!