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Monday, September 27, 2010

Virtual Paint Out on Manhattan Island

Recently I discovered a really FUN activity called a Virtual Paint Out where once a month a location is provided for artists of all abilities, ages and mediums who are invited to join in (via Google Street View) and find a location and submit a painting. It's just for fun, but it IS fun to watch the different location choices develop.  

September's location was Manhattan Island NYC.  I choose a spot in Central Park (not wanting to wander off the island and be disqualified on my first submission :)  and decided to try my hand at a horse and carriage. Here are some of the photos with notes on WHAT HAPPENED along the way.  Oh yea, I used pastels and I'm glad I did.  I wiped out (literally) a horse and half a wagon, more than once.

Value Sketch to get started.
My walking paths were wrong, so I  moved the lower one.
My horse was so BAD I couldn't share - he had to go.
My horse is better now, but the carriage is TOO BIG!
So I fixed it.  (Gotta' love the pastels)

Sunny Day on Central Park Driveway - 16"x12"  - Pastel on Ampersand Board

Below is a look at the Google Street View map where I found my subject.  Once you find a subject I HIGHLY SUGGEST making a link (upper right corner of map window) and sending it to yourself.  I would never have been able to find this again, if I hadn't done that. YES I left out the two people with baby strollers walking in the center.  I struggled so with the horse, I didn't want to ruin it.  If I ever go back, I may add them.

I am right now looking in Arizona for a location to have my (our) own Virtual Paint out so stay tuned if you'd like to join in.

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karylsquilts said...

Looks like you had a good time with the pastles. I have never tried taking them off the paper ! definatly a new concept there. The paint out idea is kinda neat ! Ill have to explore it more.

Kay Zahn said...

I was working on a Sanded Archival Board, so it could take all of the brushing off and starting over. I wasn't even thinking of how many mistakes I'd make when I choose the board to work on, but I'm glad I did. That was a good lesson. When the subject might take a LOT of revision, then make sure you start with sturdy paper! It's not like the painting was so great that it had to be perfect, but when the subject is a horse, you notice quickly when the legs are not right. He's far from perfect but at least he's not lame!

stapeliad said...

Hi Kay, thanks for stopping by! Nice painting! Central Park has awesome trees, I love to go out painting there. :)

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