Wednesday, May 29, 2013

South Side Rises

As part of my series of paintings of Pittsburgh neighborhoods, I decided to try a landscape of one of my favorite neighborhoods, the South Side. For the past 10 years, I have only painted portraits and figures, so painting a landscape without a figure as a focal point has me out completely of my comfort zone. What fun!!

This painting is from a photo taken by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographer Darrell Sapp, on a frosty morning, just after sunrise. The smoke rises from the chimneys, thus the title of the painting, "South Side Rises".  

I often go into the city to photograph people for my paintings. Next time I'll have to include photos of urban and landscapes around the city as well. 

This is small study of "South Side Rises". I wasn't sure how to work out the timing of all the layers so this was a helpful step before I started the final painting.

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