Sunday, March 2, 2014

Virtual Paintout Washington D.C.!


February 2014 was the 5th anniversary of the Virtual Paintout, created and hosted by Bill Guffey.  This was the 19th Virtual Paintout I've participated in.  The location was Washington D.C. and it was such a fun place to look around using Google Street View.  As always, it's hard to stop browsing and decide on a couple views to paint.  Washington D.C. has so many varied areas from government buildings to charming old neighborhoods.  A hard decision!  And there was also a gorgeous Chinatown gateway I had to try when I saw it.  In my other piece I included a bicycle leaning against a sign post...my first bike. 

5 x 7" Gouache

5 x 7" Watercolor
There is more to my Washington D.C. Virtual Paintout post.  I subscribe to the SHORPY blog, the 100-Year-Old Photo Blog.  Today's (April 8, 2014) email photo from the Historical Photo Archive is of this same building and alley, photographed in 1952, that I chose above from Google Street View in Februrary!  This is the strangest coincidence!
    
Hibbs Building 15th St. & Pennsylvania Avenue


Google Street View I used for my painting.

6 comments:

  1. Wow, this is not too far away from me. I love your palette and the China Town atmosphere always lends itself so well to the interesting detail you include.

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    1. Thanks Joani! I couldn't resist the Chinatown gate.

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  2. Great job on both, Sherry. Your brilliant colors on the gate really speak "Chinatown." These are two wonderful cityscapes.

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    1. Thanks Terry! These were fun to paint.

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  3. Your enthusiasm is catchy, I'm gonna check this out! Love the painting!

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    1. Thank you Diane! I guess I like all kinds of paint-outs.

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