Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Pristine Light of Norway, 25

day 5: a day (or more) of rest
"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul" ~Edward Munch (famous for the painting "The Scream")


day 4: the finished painting
I usually try to finish the painting in one session, because I'm going for an immediacy in brushwork. But I did accentuate some of water area after the oils were dry.

This painting is for sale (with more photos too): https://www.etsy.com/listing/167714236
THE PRISTINE LIGHT OF NORWAY, 8x10" original oil painting by puci


day 3: creating the pre-painting composition (using Adobe Photoshop)
Some cropping, image enhancement and we're good to go.
I've cropped the image and saturated the color a bit in preparation for the painting


day 2: capturing the selected image
Here we are,  in Møre og Romsdal , a county in the northernmost part of Western Norway.
It's a beautiful area! If you want to plop down RIGHT here and go exploring for yourself, here's the link: http://goo.gl/maps/OiOzf

Google Street View of an area in the Møre og Romsdal, Norway


day 1: planning the destination
Have you been to Norway? I mean, in the "real" world? If so, maybe you can verify if the light is really as pristine/the colors as vivid as in Google Street Views...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Harry Potter, Diagon Alley in London UK, 24

day 5: a day (or more) of rest
"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." ~Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


day 4: the finished painting
I recently starred into the eyes of a very life-like mannequin in an antique store --for a long time. Her gaze was fixed upon me yet, at the same time, also looking beyond me. Her eyes, although realistically rendered, were soul-less. I thought of that same mannequin from the antique store as I was painting.

"Harry Potter, Diagon Alley" is for sale (with more photos too): https://www.etsy.com/listing/167101979
painting of mannequins from Google Street View image
Harry Potter, Diagon Alley Mannequins, 8x10" original oil painting by puci

day 3: creating the pre-painting composition (using Adobe Photoshop)
Scuttering about the set of Diagon Alley, we bumped into many wicked (aka cool) visuals ...Yes? I don't know what intrigued you the most, but this set-up with the mannequins was my choice. But first, some cropping & other adjustments are needed in preparation for the 8x10" oil painting.
Photoshop crop of the chosen Google Image

day 2: capturing the selected image
This is my Halloween treat for you, the mannequins from Harry Potter's Diagon Alley.
The Google Street View image of a Harry Potter studio set along Diagon Alley
Warner Bros. Studio, London UK


day 1: planning the destination
I have a Halloween surprise for you, especially if you are a Harry Potter fan:
Google has now added the actual Harry Potter Movie set of Diagon Alley to its list of Street Views. And we're going there...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2356778/Thats-magic-Google-adds-spellbinding-set-Harry-Potters-Diagon-Alley-Street-View-service.html


 

Monday, October 21, 2013

San Francisco CA, Cliff House Reflections, 23

day 5: a day (or more) of rest
"Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee. All things are passing." ~Theresa of Avila


day 4: the finished painting
Well, I thought I would use a calm palette of colors, but something happened... Actually the original finished painting was very dark in the forefront. I didn't like it. This one is better. Also, it's more towards twilight, that in-between time mirroring the edge of things such as where the ocean meets the land.

"Cliff House Reflections is for sale (with more photos too): https://www.etsy.com/listing/167090398
Cliff House Reflections, original 8x10" oil painting by puci

day 3: creating the pre-painting composition (using Adobe Photoshop)
The "oceanic feeling" (as this man might be experiencing), may come to us when we are contemplating the vastness of the ocean, of time & space perhaps even beyond our recognition.
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0814-21.htm
A little tweaking of the original Google image, using Adobe Photoshop.

day 2: capturing the selected image
This scene was found near the Cliff House in San Francisco
Google Maps, Google Street Views image of an area near the Cliff House in San Francisco
day 1: planning the destination
We're going back to San Francisco, Ocean Beach. This Google Maps Google Street View scene is right near the Cliff House, above Sutro Baths.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Red Tulips in One Corner of The Czech Republic, 22

day 5: a day (or more) of rest
''Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.'' Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)


day 4: the finished painting
The painting turned out close to how I had envisioned it to be, yet I'm still wondering if the wall shadows are dark enough. Well anyway, the lively brushwork seems to have successfully rendered that sense of movement & life.

"Czech Tulips" is be for sale (and w/more photos too): https://www.etsy.com/listing/165760510
"Czech Tulips", 8x10" original oil painting by puci


day 3: creating the pre-painting composition (using Adobe Photoshop)
Although the photo became really "fuzzy" when cropped close in, I decided to go for it.
Photoshop crop/composition from the Google Street View image



day 2: capturing the selected image
I was captivated by that shadow angle and the way some of the tulips are in shadow/some in sunlight. The person(s) who live here, although missing from this image, hover like invisible phantom(s).
Google Maps / Google Street View image that will be the basis for the painting



day 1: planning the destination
I thought you might enjoy going someplace very different AND find some phantom figures. Yes, really! (Well, phantoms from what you see in this image anyway.)

Since I finally discovered how to give you a link that will take you RIGHT to this spot, you can maneuver around yourself to see more... MUCH more.

Once you click on the link, give Google a minute to get you there. (The little yellow figure will place itself on the map, and amazing ( вительный ), you're there! http://goo.gl/maps/1x1y7

If you're new to Google Street Views, try this: See the "compass" in the upper left? You can click on the - to zoom out, then maneuver the N around to go left & right; up & down. Also, clicking on the arrows in the road will move you forward. Do you see the "phantom" man on the roof? How about the figures in the car?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Red Bridge, Spokane Washington USA, 21

day 5: a day (or more) of rest
“If we know exactly where we're going, exactly how to get there, and exactly what we'll see along the way, we won't learn anything.” ~M. Scott Peck (from The Road Less Traveled)
• Click on the "older posts" link for more travel fun & resulting paintings.
• You can expect a new post with a new painting every 5~7 days.
• Thanks for traveling with me. Salute!


day 4: the finished painting
The distant green trees on a sunny day tend to take on a muted tone. The cross you see in the distance marks a cemetary.

"Red Bridge" is for sale (and w/more photos too): https://www.etsy.com/listing/164871757
"Red Bridge" 5x7" original oil painting by puci

day 3: creating the pre-painting composition (using Adobe Photoshop)
This was created from one of my own photos. But you can see that really it's from a very similar vantage point as the Google image, but much clearer and closer-in.
My photo of the area with some modifications made using Adobe Photoshop
day 2: capturing the selected image
This is the Google Street View image of this area. The image date is August 2008, and the mighty river is still running swift and high even in the summertime. (If you look closely, you can see the wake made by the water as it passes around the pillars of the bridge.)
The Google Maps / Google Street View image of this area known as "People's Park"

day 1: planning the destination
There is a place near the Spokane River known as "People's Park" where the red foot bridge crosses over the river. The city of Spokane Washington is unique in that it has a vital river running through the middle of town. Amazing views abound all along the river. I've taken many photos myself, and the resulting painting will be inspired by the Google Street View image plus by my own photo.