Saturday, August 29, 2009

This is an oil painting of a scene in a town in southern France. When you paint scenes in towns you inevitably have cars to deal with, often in the foreground as is the case here. Car shapes are not as simple as they first seem, and their reflective surfaces often produce sharp reflections from the sky. I find I must simplify the cars' shapes and tone down the reflections...otherwise the cars become the focal point of the painting. Sometimes they ARE the focal point, but here it is the figures, so the cars must be subdued. Fortunately the figures are in shadow with a sunlit building behind them, and this contrast also gives them the emphasis they need.
This oil painting is 14 x 18 inches.

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