Monday, August 17, 2009
SCRIBBLE/DOODLE - City Life
Very seldom do I paint a city scape. But this scene was just too picture-perfect! The contrasts, such as the man made sky scraper and something organic like bottle brush trees drew me in, but also similarities, such as the red roof and the red bottle brush. I've never seen bottle brush in Holland, but in California you see them frequently. I saw this view from the window from where I was sitting in a coffee shop corner.
A close up of bottle brush bush we saw in the gardens of the Huntington Libaray. It really does look like a bottle brush, doesn't it? Its color more leaning towards fuchsia, than the red bottle brush trees I was painting in San Diego's "Upstart Crow.".
The scene of my small watercolor painted in the coffee shop was meant to be whimsical and casual, which I think I succeeded in.The flurry of activities in a city that never sleeps. To give it that atmosphere, I moved very slowly in a 7 x 9 inch frame with a very tiny brush. Many cups of coffee were needed to persevere finishing the skyscraper!
What prompted me to sketch the sky scraper in the background were the clouds being on the move behind this huge building. Somehow the building reminded me of the Dutch phrase of "building air castles."
This denotes that the dreams one has about something particular in life look so impossible and elusive that one might as well be building castles in the sky! It's meaning is similar to the American "pie in the sky."
It does not happen often in a painting that the most tedious part is the background.
On the parking lot were more bottle brush trees, so I made the front ones brighter, serving as a lead-in to the scene. The cars are just indicated, but it took more time and energy than the trees. To bring balance in the design, I added the building on the right.
If you would have the ability and time, which city scape would you like to paint?