Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Rush Hour V, Oil sketch on Board, 12" x 15", 2009

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This is my entry into this Karin Juricks' DSFDF. It was an interesting reference from Madison Avenue in New York City.



It has always been my dream to paint scenes like this and because I am currently very busy with commissions and preparing for a group exhibition in June, I just wanted to concentrate on catching the spirit of a Rush Hour in this piece. The buildings and detail where not my focus, if I tried to fuss about that I would never get this piece done before Wednesday, and I hate missing out!. So in an Alla Prima Style, I set out to knock this off in one sitting as if I was right there painting it life. I just included figures and the busy hustle and bustle as I would have if painting from life and I really went wild with colours. I wanted this piece to have a spark of life, movement, energy and total chaos.


DETAIL

I have done this with oil on a self primed Masonite board and it joins the group of other detailed Rush Hour Paintings, I've done. All Grease to Karin's elbows for bringing me back to one of my first loves.

49 comments:

silvina said...

What an excellent painting! The cyclists, the taxis and even the blacktop of the street itself looks alive and moving! You really accomplished your goals with this one.

adebanji said...

Thanks Silvina! Still jealous of your stuidio!

Spider G said...

Very, VERY nice, my friend :)

Things of note: You captured the lighting in the distance perfectly; not only is it beautiful, but it also adds a sense of depth and scale to the painting. The contrast it presents to the darker buildings that line the "border" of the left and right sides of the piece gives the impressionn that I'm walking down the street in the emerging dawn. Whether intentional or not, it is very striking :)

The only quibbles I might have are some of the scenes between the two taxis; I don't know if it was interntionaly meant to come off as blurred or chaotic, but I rubs me...wrong, for some reason (sorry). Other than that...hm...the gentleman hailing the taxi on the right looks a little...stiff, almost stick-figure-ish - which is odd, be cause as the lady in red on the sidewalk clearly indicates, you have a great ability to capture realistic stances and gestures on that scale and mediaum. But all in all, another great work :D

adebanji said...

Great Anaylsis/Review once again, what can I say? I'm learning everytime you comment and you do have a keen eye!

maria said...

Wow,the long verticals really pull you down to the chaotic street scene. Very nice.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

This painting is so energetic and colorful. I find the chaos and blurred areas what give this painting a sense of the scene...I say bravo!

CONRAD said...

WOW!! GREAT PAINTING, I WILL BE BACK , TOO LOOK AT MORE GREAT PAINTINGS.

Edward Burton said...

Incredible job, Adebanji!

Linda K. Smith said...

Your work is awesome! Just loaded my entry for Different Strokes. Yours is by far the best of all!!!

Victoria on Okinawa said...

Great Alla Prima! Great energy! and the colors are perfect!

adebanji said...

Thanks Maria, I tried to make the verticals less detailed and it seems to work in the way you mentioned!
Thanks Conrad, please come back for more!
Thanks Edward, Linda and Victoria!

Ann Rogers said...

You've taken me back to NY with this one, so alive and energetic. The colors and the action in the street are more the feel of the Big Apple than the actual photograph! Definitely one of the best entries in this challenge!

adebanji said...

Thanks Ann!

Rosemary said...

It's all been said...what can I add! It's awesome, it's alive, and one can feel the energy and chaos!
I didn't even attempt this difficult challenge and am totally blown away by your entry!

Michelle said...

Brilliant Adebanji! So full of life and energy!

adebanji said...

Thanks Rosemary and Michelle!

Always try to, at least attempt, Rosemary, that's why it's a challenge!

Erma Pierce said...

WOW! Incredible -- you can almost hear the noise and feel the movement and tension of the moment. Great atmospheric perspective! Visited your blog and you have inspired me to keep a sketchbook with me at all times.

adebanji said...

Thanks Erma!

Terry Rafferty said...

Stunning, stunning, stunning!!!

adebanji said...

Thanks Terry!

Sheila said...

I wish I had a blue ribbon to post on your blog for such an awesome job [as always]. This is fabulous.

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

You met all your goals, Adebanji. It's so great to see how you never forget "the people." Really nice one as always.

adebanji said...

Thanks Sheila and Camille!

Dean H. said...

Great job, Adebanji! You have certainly captured the special "now" feeling of NYC energy!

adebanji said...

Thanks Dean!

dominique eichi said...

You got that rush hour down pat, well done.

adebanji said...

Thanks Dominique!

WhyIstheRumAlwaysGone said...

What more can I say ? Your picture vibrates with energy and life.I love the powerful, pulsating deep orange-red you've used - it feels we're right in the picture. I can almost hear the din of traffic, the footsteps of people in the pavement, cars honking... it's raw city life and power !

adebanji said...

Thanks WISTRAG! I love that expression,".. raw city life and power!"

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

So lovely, I feel the excitement and love all of the color.

adebanji said...

Thanks Peggy!

Jean Spitzer said...

This is so beautiful and full of life. Superb!

adebanji said...

Thanks Jean!

The Bull said...

I really liked your submission, really lively and full of energy!

Marilyn M. King said...

Awesome! So fresh, active and alive!!! One can almost here the sounds.

Art By Erika said...

Love the colors and all your additional elements! Excellent!

adebanji said...

Thanks Erika, Marilyn and The Bull, I really appreciate and I am overwhelmed with all these encouraging comments!

laurens.paint.palette said...

Wow - this painting is so alive! You did a wonderful job on this challenge!

adebanji said...

Thanks Laurens!

Glenda Mosher said...

What a wonderful interpretation! I love the vibrant reds you used. It speaks of movement and energy, just what it would be like to be on such a street. I also love the addition of the people.

adebanji said...

Thanks Glenda!

Pablo said...

Hi there, I have found out your blog I don´t remember how but it´s on my fauvorites and I check it everyweek, I wonder if you sold your sketches specially your sketches of London(the best ones)with the sketch of and old man with a big beard.
I´m a university student in spain who is a lover of the art, so I´m not rich, but I will be able to keep some money save to have one of your sketches with the name of the underground line, the date and these things that are so originials beside the face.

Good luck in everything and thank you to show us your art.
Take you care.

adebanji said...

Thanks Pablo, I am happy you enjoy the sketches on this blog. I am not sure of the exact one you are talking about, but if you know the date on post I'll be able to confirm. You don't have to be rich to purchase Art. I'll contact you if you can remember the exact post/date.

L.Holm said...

Holy cow, it's brilliant!! absolutely vibrant and says NY Rush.

adebanji said...

Thanks Liz!

Annamaria Nieves said...

WOW! What a nice job you did on this painting, I am in total awe. Have also been a fan for a while of your commuter sketches.

adebanji said...

Thanks Annamaria, I'm happy you are a fan of my commuter sketches!

Irina said...

The painting is great. I was scrolling the paintings in DSDP and suddenly -bang! - I saw your vision of the scene and realised it was the best of all. Color, movement, depth, sounds of NY and talent, real, impressing talent. Already two hours I am in your blogs and will go on the pleasure. Thank you, Adebanji!

adebanji said...

Thanks Irina! I am happy you like this piece. It is my dream to paint scenes like this in New York and if you really want to support me in making this a reality, can you please go to www.greatbritons.ba.com-I'll be doing a post on this soon.