Monday, June 13, 2011

Taxis On Yonge Street, Toronto

30x40 oil on gallery wrap canvas Sold
I previously did this scene 8x10 in acrylic (view it here) to get a sense of what it might look like on a larger scale. An obvious lesson I learned, is that you have to PAINT it on a LARGE scale if you want to know how it will look. There really are no shortcuts. And then I ask myself why I am doing this,(as I am covered in head to toe paint and the studio is a complete mess) and the answer is "because I have to" and also because the image is kind of fun and funky.
When painting on a large scale, I found it difficult to maintain the value study I did. The details try to sneak in. I had to repaint the middle and far distances three times.
This is Yonge Street in Toronto with the signature Taxicab colors dominating the foreground.


15 comments:

Kim Blair said...

Wow, this is a large one! You really are an expert at capturing the feeling of wet streets!
Kim

Kim said...

Wow, you really nailed it. Such a fantastic mood - beautiful colour and what a composition!

Jan Yates, SCA, Canada said...

Wow Catherine-just..WOW..you've really done it here with this large scale work-EVERYthing is here andthis is absolutely SUBLIME!!

I hope you don't mind me saying - for me this painting goes way beyond just fun-it is a strong work -executed with confidence -and freedom-you are really in this work-would love to see it 'live'-will it be at the TO outdoor show? hope so -and hope a few galleries there find you -

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

this is a masterpiece!

Ramesh Jhawar said...

I always like your busy compositions...so much activity going on! The depth is really wonderful in this painting!

Dana Cooper said...

Wow Catherine, this is wonderful. I love the size and color!

Edward Burton said...

You did a fantastic job, Catherine.

Karen Werner said...

Fabulous! Very impressive. Excellent composition, color, paint application...everything! I love it...especially the part you did three times!

Montag said...

This has a very different look. It will be interesting to see where it eventually goes.

SUSAN RODEN said...

Is amazing how different large + small views are - which you handle both so well catherine.
How long does it take you to execute a painting of this size?

Barbara M. said...

Love this. Good for you scaling it up.
It looks great.

XO Barbara

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Wow, wow wow - I have missed some incredible paintings in the last little bit. This one is amazing - you need to keep painting big!!!

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