Thursday, April 1, 2010

"My Neighborhood" --- Sold

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To you plein air painters, where do you go to paint? Do you travel to exotic places and paint special historic sites with spectacular natural beauty? I do. I did this painting yesterday morning. I had about 2 hours daytime before I sent my car to have its brakes replaced; then I went to work. I traveled 50 yards from my house. All houses here will have special history in the future. The ordinary sidewalk made a spectacular turn. If you are checking my image from other countries, this is a quite exotic American neighborhood.

8 comments:

Bonnie Heather said...

Your painting is really good but I looove the write up. lol

Kathleen Owings said...

You have a real knack with painting buildings (I also love the leafy shadow in the street). And you are so right about finding art and beauty (and something worth painting) in our very own neighborhood. It is something I often forget - one doesn’t need the perfect scene to create good art. Well done!

Susan Roux said...

Yes, the lead into this is very strong and beautiful. Its often hard to paint familiar places with such emotion. We can become visually bored with our usual surroundings and they fail to excite the spirit like new ones.

Great job!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

It's beautiful. Just goes to show that we really don't have to search to find a good painting. It's right there where ever we are.

Gopal said...

Hello Qiang,

My name is Fernando Gopal and I am young under development artist. I live in Rio de Janeiro so is kind of impossible to go your workshop, but down here I follow your blog, and I love your work.I would like to know wich kind of brush do you use (brand), and what kind of cannvas do you use . When I saw your video on youtube , I could see that the brush flows so easy.
Well, there are so many doubt ... Thank for inspire us. You can check my work at www.fernandogopal.blogspot.com

Linda said...

This is soooo beautiful and I like your accompanying post. We tend to lose sight of what we see everyday and you have reminded us of the beauty that surrounds us. Thank you!!

Lisa Daria said...

Anywhere is!

This is great - I think removing oneself from one's typical surroundings is a way to stimulate one's observational skills - but it's a real gift to be able to be able to create a fresh painting out of something you encounter everyday.

artybecca said...

Lovely! Nice composition and I really like the purple colors in front. And you're right...one man's mundane is another man's exotic!