Monday, May 11, 2009

Madison Avenue 16 x 8 on Panel


This painting was for http://differentstrokesfromdifferentfolks.blogspot.com/ . The challenge was to paint the photo taken of Madison Avenue. At first I painted the painting flat and then decided it would be more interesting to do a knife painting with thick paint. Also, it made it more loose and abstract then painting it in detail, which I didn't want to do. If you go to the blog you can see the original photograph and how other artists interpreted the photo. I loved the photo because you could feel the energy, chaos and smells of NYC. The way the photo was taken you felt like you were there. It's fun to visit, but expensive to live there.

7 comments:

L.Holm said...

Nice work on the DSDF challenge. I'm in awe you can get so much detail with a palette knife! Liz

Karen Appleton said...

Love your decision to use the palette knife Christine! Thick paint and simplified shapes, perfect!

Kathleen Harrington Paints said...

I like the low horizon line and how the buildings tower over everything.

Christine Bray said...

Thank you for your comments. They are very helpful. I love Karin's blog in that you see so many versions of one photograph and all of the possibilities and mediums.

maria said...

Nicely simplified and nicely done.

dominique eichi said...

I love you traffic scene for DSFDF

r garriott said...

Very nice take on the challenge! Your tall thin canvas accentuates the feeling of skyscrapers. I like how you really pushed the contrast of light and dark, too. Good idea to paint it with a palette knife to simplify. Wish I'd thought of that.