Saturday, May 16, 2009

NY CITY OIL PAINTING,YELLOW CAB, CONRAD

12"x16" o/c
Different Strokes From Different Folks

Several months ago I was asked, “How do you know when a painting is done?” I did not know how to answer. After much thought, I now have an answer.
It is when my Attention Deficit Disorder kicks in.

9 comments:

L.Holm said...

Wow!!! amazing, Steve! I like the way you adjusted the elements of the composition. This is incredible. the light and the detail in the buildings in wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Good Job Steve. There are so many things right with this painting. I like the airiness of the painting and the feeling that it gives me that it is early in the morning after a little rain. The cool blue of this painting contrasting with the yellow makes it. You do like that yellow and I can tell you enjoyed working on those cabs. I like how you picked up the colors of the cabs on the sides of the buildings and in the street too. Instead of the jumbo of the many different pieces that are in the photo, your color combination has unified the painting and made it a whole. It has given it some peace -- maybe that is why I think it early morning.
The right side of the painting from the center over is the best, especially the depth. You can almost put your hand into the painting and expect to feel air for a good many blocks. The tallest building in the background is the best because it carries weight and could be a sculpture. It is heavy. You might try working with some tools that will give you better straight edges in oils. The building structures on the left side would hold more weight and not be mushy if they had straight edges to their underlying structure. The closer they are the more crisp their edges would be. Without the structure they are flat and become very much 2-D. It is a shame because I can tell you have worked really hard on the detail of these buildings. AND it is the detail of the cabs, the street, the lights and the buildings that really bring me into the painting for awhile. This is one that I would have never gone for since I find the actual photo boring and am too lazy to attempt all the detail. You have done a very nice job. Love, Liz

Kerri Settle said...

This one caught my eye in the entries for this challenge. I really admire the way you handled the buildings, giving them just the right amount of detail and keeping the lines so straight. And the color scheme of yellows and blues is great.

Edward Burton said...

WONDERFUL job with the challenge, Steve! Great take of it.

Sheila said...

Okay Steve, you get an 'A' and a gold star for this. It's absolutely beautiful. Do you sell your talent in pill form?

dominique eichi said...

beautiful piece, well chosen time of day. it's given the painting such a great mood.

Glenda Mosher said...

Wow. This is really cool - the emotion and mood is captured so well. (I had to laugh at your answer to when you know a work is done!)

René said...

You have some incredible painitings, Steve. It is good to see you still involved in your passion for art. I am on AK time, still. So, if this message doesn't make sense, I will blame it on jet lag. I need to go to QT for a DP for my ADD. HA!

Anonymous said...

You have some incredible paintings, Steve, and a style that is unique. It was a delight to see all your work. It is also fun to see that you have remained devoted and passionate about art.