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Spooky House or Fun House?

Posted in art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2009 by Cherie

Spooky House or Fun House?

In the latest challenge for Different Strokes from Different Folks, the subject was this beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. I was eager to get started.

This time, I decided to paint a little larger than the last one: 8″x10″. I started sketching and painting right away. But then there came the windows, the lines, the angles, the roof, etc. Ugh. I could’t seem to paint a straight line for the life of me. Trying to define the architecture and angles, this became more outlined than I’m used to. Then my angles got all distorted and I thought, “This looks like something from Dr. Seuss.” All I needed to do was add Little Miss Cindy Lou. 

However, I still like it. It turned out to be a fun experiment. As I try to get back into painting, projects like this help me find my style and paint stroke again (or at least improve it). So for that, I’m thankful.

Be sure to check out the original photo and what other artists did with this challenge by clicking here. It’s always fun to see how others interpret a photo. There are some great ones!

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Different Strokes from Different Folks

Posted in art with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by Cherie

With my new journey in the world of blogging, I ran across one called “Different Strokes from Different Folks” started by artist Karin Jurick (who I mentioned in a previous post). The blog’s purpose is to have monthly (I think monthly) challenges where artists submit their interpretation of a selected photo. The current challenge involves a night scene in Washington D.C. of the Jefferson Memorial and it is due today, January 21st. I discovered this, oh, two days ago. Yikes! But I was inspired by the challenge and couldn’t wait to get home and work on it.

Here is what I submitted this morning:

Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.

Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.

With yesterday’s historic inauguration, it seemed fitting to be working on a subject located in Washington. This was different for me to paint for two reasons: it was really small (5″x7″) and it was a night scene.

To see what other artists submitted (and the original photo), click here. I’m not sure when my image will be up there, but hopefully I submitted it properly and it will be posted soon.

Side note: Ever notice how photos bring out everything you didn’t see before? I like this painting so much better in person. But staring at the photo, I keep looking at that crazy blue line by the road (lower left). It’s bugging me. In person, I never even noticed it. Oh well.