Wednesday, August 12, 2009

San Francisco Blues, 12" x 16", oil on canvas, 2009


-After a few looks at the final version before, I was disturbed with the thick line that went across the picture and the red figure. Now it seems a bit more calm and relaxing, something I can live with.

This is my entry into this Karin Juricks DSFDF. The reference was a high point view of a San Francisco Street.



This piece was totally experimental, as I wanted to see how the scene would work out in a blue scheme. I started on the deadline date with many other paintings going on at the same time, so I only had 2 hours to sacrifice this into my busy schedule, as I always hate to miss out on each challenge.

I have shown a bit of the big abstract shapes I focused on from the start and how seeing them and identifying them early on before starting such work can really help in working out the painting quickly. As with many others who did this challenge, I just went straight into the painting, below are the steps after 30 minutes of painting.



step 1- This is where the main abstract shapes are knocked in at white hot speed!



step 2- This is where the sketching lines are added with an oil pastel stick to get in some highlights and dramatic lines to set the scene rolling!

This piece was done in oil on canvas in one sitting (Alla Prima)

17 comments:

dominique eichi said...

LOve this night scene and the light reflections are great

adebanji said...

Thanks Dominique!

The Gypsy said...

Wow, these are really stunning. I absolutely love them.

adebanji said...

Thanks The Gypsy!

Edward Burton said...

WONDERFUL take of the challenge, Adebanji - it has a great mood to it.

beckielboo said...

You are a "Unique". Everything you do has YOUR personal signature or touch on it. Although this is the first time I've participated in DSFDF, I've been watching it closely from the beginning. You never cease to amaze and inspire me!

This one is no different. Just beautiful!

BTW, how's your beautiful new baby doing?

Laura said...

Thank you for showing the in process stages.

Dean H. said...

Great approach, Adebanji!

Claire said...

What an incredible nocturne - gives the subject matter an entirely different feeling. Like this VERY much!

adebanji said...

Thanks Claire!

adebanji said...

Thanks Edward, Beckielboo(You are welcome, Laura and Dean!

Ann Rogers said...

It's another winner! The night scene and light highlights give a whole new spin to the challenge.

Lauren Maurer said...

Wow, what a great idea to do this challenge in blues! It looks great!

Vern Schwarz said...

Beautiful job in such a short time Adebanji. I really like the blue nighttime approach, making it distinctly unique, even though it as close to the reference photo as I can remember you doing.

Mark Bridges said...

Very cool painting, I like the man in red.

MarceloJ Bresciani said...

Wow! Nice blues, Adebanji...

rkcim said...

This is really neat. I like the depth you put into it