1.22.2010

Finding Paintings In Random Photos


I find that I am always taking my camera with me, wherever I go, looking for inspiration. Sometimes I just take random pictures as I am passing by, especially if there is interesting light, shadows, colors, or shapes that catch my eye. I am always excited to get back to my studio, download the pictures and revisit the images I took, often not knowing what I will find...as in the above photo.


It wasn't until I started looking closer and cropping that I found the beautiful light and shadow play, the wonderful color palette and the peaceful image of someone enjoying tea on a lovely afternoon with a close companion! AND THEN it wasn't until after I started painting that I noticed the person sitting in the shadows, on the ground petting the dog!


10"x 10"
acrylic on canvas
Available at Paradise Perks


24 comments:

Carol Horzempa said...

I have fun doing the same thing with my camera but haven't taken the next step...hope to someday.

This is a wonderful composition, the dog and man...you couldn't ask for a better pose! Love your colors...you really captured the moment!

Violetta Smith said...

Wow! Another wonderful painting. I like the way you cropped this..it tells the story.

fausto mancini said...

Wonderful painting Annie; you've caught the right moment!

Tammy Hext said...

Love this painting - the sense of light is amazing. I did not see the person sitting either, but I think it was because your painting drew my instead of the photo. I think leaving them out was a good decision.
Happy painting.

Kim said...

Ahh, you've painted that beautifully Annie. I'd like to be there now : )

dominique eichi said...

Such a lovely piece.... I love those shadows spots on the ground. The story is great too. Thanks

Angela Elledge said...

I saw the dog right away, but I thought the person sitting on the ground was a duffel bag with a dog sitting on top of it, wearing a hat...another cup of coffee for me to wake up! Annie, your painting is wonderful, just love the dappled shadows, light, color palette, and your amazing painterly style; WOW!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

This is a really nice painting Annie...a real favorite...I love how you handled his bald head!

Celeste Bergin said...

beautiful---your work just rocks!

Anonymous said...

Very cool! You have such a gift of "seeing" things that most of us would pass by without noticing. -K

The Bull said...

I agree with anonymous, you have a marvelous eye for catching the most interesting slices of life! And your skills as a photographer are as magnificent as your artistic skills! I agree with Violetta, this picture definitely tells a wonderful story!

Marian Fortunati said...

This is so amazing, Annie!! You have really punched up the painting so that it surpasses the photo by far!! Fabulous work!

B Boylan said...

Awsome! Bravo!

Mary Beth Brath said...

Thank you for the inspiration Annie. To be able to catch moments in time such as this street scene is such a blssing.

JMahorney said...

wow. I love this one. Isn't the mildly orange flesh tones of his head beautiful against that bluish green? The strong value contrasts on the opposite chair balance out the weight of this nicely composed scene.

Lisa Daria said...

SO beautiful and you are doing this in acrylics! It makes me so happy - I love the sentiment in the is painting, the light - the palette - and the way you cropped in and edited the photo.

Gwen Bell said...

Wonderful painting! The speckled light and shadows are so great. Love the poses of the man and dog and the way the light hits the top of the dog. Very strong composition! I envy your ability to "see" a painting when you are photographing. Superb!

Sally Tharp said...

I LOVE the colors in this painting... beautifully executed as well! Congrats!

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

Hello Annie,

I found you from another blog...and I'm thrilled that i did. your artwork is wonderful!
I love this painting and many of the other ones I've seen.

i'm going to follow, obviously!

come see me sometime..browse through my art sketches and journals if you like!

ciao

Regula Scheifele said...

What a wonderful painting (I agree with everything that's been said)!
And your information about taking pictures and finding t
'treasures' is really inspiring. I tend to take my camera with me as well, but often feel I'm impeding on people (eg in coffeeshops) when taking their pictures. Seems I have to take a few steps back and try again. Thanks, I'll be following you! All the best from Switzerland, Regula

Jerry Points said...

Annie...it has been a while since I have looked over your work. Great job in editing down to the basics and depicting a great color and design representation of your subject matter. Love your work.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

This is a beautiful composition and value study, really lovely! It's already been said, but you definitely improved the original image!!

Donna Sanson said...

Annie - what a talent you are! I feel so grateful to be part of Amato's artists with you. Donna

jennifer woodburn said...

Beautiful work Annie. The feeling of light and shadow are amazing, and the colours so lush.

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