Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pte. 73, Mexico City


Pte. 73, Mexico City
12z16" watercolor on 300 lb. Arches coldpress

Ahh, finally finished with this month's Virtual Paintout challenge, Mexico City. This city is so vast that I took a very long time searching. I came up with about six compositions once I decided that my painting would be about color. Mexico City seems to be a lot about color - and people. So many people that that became a secondary decision - trying to find people doing interesting things or in interesting poses on the street. This is just one of several images that I really liked - I think here because of the two dogs that are just interacting with one another. The young person seemed to fit into the overall composition, but I liked the buckets that she was carrying.

10 comments:

Jeanette said...

I've had real challenges deciding on a composition in Mexico City. It is a busy place both literally and visually.

I love how much detail that you have put into this piece. It inspires me to concentrate on a detail of this city instead of looking for open spaces.

Lovely intense colours that spell Mexico.

artybecca said...

I agree! It seems every place I dropped the Streetview icon had the same tightly packed houses and lots of people! I finally found my subject matter. Now I have to dig out my pastels and do it!

Gillian said...

Great composition. I love the play of light on that blue wall too.
I spent hours in Mexico City - even before I knew that was where VP was taking us this time. The over-riding memory is certainly of colour - and old volkswagons! LOL

Prabha N. said...

The bright colors, the sun-beams and shade, the branding and the poses have come out excellent!

AutumnLeaves said...

Looks like your girl just came from the place I painted in Mexico City. You did an awesome job with this one Gary. Love the doggies!

Shelley Ross said...

Hi Gary

Nice shadows - especially on the buildings! Wow.

Very interesting composition, lots to keep the eye moving. I really like the colour balance..blues and warm tones.

Shelley

Ellen said...

Ladies and gentlemen, he's done it again! That light falling across the buildings is wonderful!Love thoe Mexican colors!

Rosa Phoenix said...

Wonderful painting, full of sun and life! The blue wall is like a refreshing pool on a hot day. So much to see in Mexico City Street View. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Phillip G Holt said...

I really like the sun light on the buildings and signs, and the figures are well executed. You get much better contrast than I was ever able to do with water colors.
Phil

Rosemary said...

Wow! How bold is that blue! The shadows play off it beautifully! I like the interaction of the dogs too! Lots to see and enjoy in this one! Great job!