Saturday, November 30, 2013

Virtual Paintout 16!

It was Iceland for the November 2013 Virtual Paintout.  I really enjoy participating in the Virtual Paintout each month.  I'm sure I'll never get to see Iceland in person, so I can at least see some of it with Google Street View which artists use to find their virtual location to paint.  Last month in Lima, Peru, I enjoyed painting some grand official-looking buildings and looked for a "capitol" area in Reykjavik but didn't find it.  I'm sure with devoting more time to browsing I would find what I was looking for.  One waterfront tourist area with whale watching tours caught my eye and I kept going back, even though on the day the Google car was there it was very overcast.  I tried that view in gouache.  I finally found some sun in another area for my second painting.  One thing I've noticed from browsing around cities for the Virtual Paintout challenge is the graffiti.  It's pervasive, spread throughout the world, even Iceland, which surprises me.  Looking forward to the location for December!

5 x 7" watercolor

5 x 7" gouache

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  1. These are how I image Iceland to be. The boats, in particular, is a very strong painting

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    1. Thanks Polly! I always need more time to look around these cities.

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  2. Both excellent, Sherry! Really great use of color, too.
    I saw that you'll be going to Venice, Italy for December :)
    Can't wait to see what you paint.

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    1. Thank you Terry! Yes, Venice! It will be fun looking around there for sure.

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  3. Both your Iceland scenes are great Sherry. I too looked around and found some amazing scenes but als missed the deadline. Best one was finding someones open garage door and inside amongst all the junk was a blow up Father Christmas, made me chuckle as from childhood we were told he lived in the North Pole and I think I have found where he lives when he is not at work LOL

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    1. Thanks Lorraine! I should have tried more "close-up", in garages, searching in Iceland maybe since I had a hard time finding the views with some distance that I like. I always run out of time to look around.

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