Friday, May 1, 2009

Finished "Evening on Garita"

Here is the finished painting from the last post.
I think adding the wires helped.
The colors work for me in this one, and I don't think that I picked at it too much. It still has a nice loose feel.



"Evening on Garita", 11" x 14" oil on board, Frank Gardner © 2009
$950. Framed. Available at Galeria Gardner

39 comments:

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

oh yeah, i definitely like it with the wires, it brings the street scene to life.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Christine! The photo on the other post seems a little bluer than this one. Must be because I shot the other photo in the shade.
I think this one is more accurate.

Susan Carlin said...

So rich and delicious. The scene is so compelling, I'd want to see it at every time of day. Great work, Frank.

Colin Page said...

lovely. great painting. Beautiful colors. Nice light. nice composition with the wires. Good job.

Marian Fortunati said...

It turned out beautifully Frank... Truly a winner!! If there are any people left who venture outside Mexico to wander into your shop, it would fly off the wall immediately. Really wonderful.... My eyes just sail down that street and bounce around enjoying each little color note! Love the distant water and the tops of the churches too.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Susan. Stick around, you might see it at a few other times of day.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Colin. I bet you could turn that street into a good painting.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Marian. There are people around in the streets. This whole "pandemic" seems to have fizzled out.
Glad you could tell that was water out there, but then you know the scene.

Melinda said...

Well done, Frank! As I looked at both images side by side, I could see that you did a lot of work on the finished work without losing immediacy or energy. The wires are very successful to the composition!

Hope the flu outbreak continues to settle down and there are no future deaths. Stay well.

Joe Kazimierczyk said...

What a gorgeous painting! I love how the sky works with the blue shadowed buildings, and the wires pull some of that orange glow down into the blue. Absolutely beautiful!

Don Gray said...

This is stunning, Frank. A transcendent, elegaic feeling to this one.

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Melinda. Thanks. Well, I spent a lot of time putting touches of color here and there, but tried to keep the fresh look of the first post.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Joe! I appreciate your comment.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks a lot Don.

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

WOW, I love it!

bonnieluria said...

Love what the wires do to complete the sense of height. That little dip of wire in the middle/right where just a bit of orange shows against the blues- perfect.
My compliments to the compliments!

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Rhonda!

Thanks Bonnie. I agree, the wires mimic some of the other lines in the buildings and give the feeling of the steep drop of this street.

A.Decker said...

Very dynamic piece. You were right about the wires, adding to the 'down and away' feeling. When wires appear, to me they have to be done just right, and man, you not only got the 'hang' believeable, there's even light and shade. Luscious.

L.Holm said...

Beautiful feel to this one. Lots of energy.

Art with Liz said...

Fantastic painting - so much life and I love the wires!

Theresa Rankin said...

Striking...extraordinary color...and the brushwork...wow! Love it!!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Beautiful use of the blues.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks A.
I am glad the the wires look "believable" to you and that they did not take away from the piece.

Thanks Liz. and Art with Liz too!!

Thank you Theresa.

Thanks Bill.

Solvay said...

Hey, Frank!
I love the enhanced sunset/rise and the enhanced streetlights and that bit of wall on the near right side - and the eye trip across the canvas from and to those various lights and reflections. The lines and the lights both make the strangest sense of city action (without any moving objects) and quiet. It's a unique city experience and it jumps out of the canvas magnificently. Great depth of field in height and distance! Love it!

Dean H. said...

You have created a beautiful piece of art, Frank! Love that intense "half light" color!

Dan Corey said...

I think your finishing touches on this completed it beautifully! Oh yeah Happy Cinco do Mayo !

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Solveg. Yeah, sunset.
Thanks, glad you like it.

Thanks Dean, this one was hard to get the colors just right on the computer. Blogger always publishes a little washed out compared to what it looks like in photoshop. It's pretty close.

Thanks Dan!
Happy Cinco to you too. That is not as big down here as it is up there.

Bruce Sherman said...

Hi Frank!....An excellent piece as everyone agrees! For me, your splendid and effective use of counterpoint.... drifting the warmth from the upper left sky area diagonally to the vertical wall on the left...while bravely driving the cool blues down the middle of the street...very arresting!!! Breaking up that empty cool space in the middle using the opposite warms and cools as wire colours...quite a coup! Well done. Hope that the flu thing is subsiding...and that any threat to you or your family is non-existent!
Cheers
Bruce

Edgar said...

Frank,
Very cool work. It has a jazz rhythm to it... or it reminds me of those paintings that were supposed to be about jazz...

And I love the lines. They really give a better sense of time. And I can't see power lines any more without thinking of Bill Sharp's excellent cityscapes.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks for the compliments Bruce.
That flu has pretty much blown past us. Now we just have to deal with the fallout.

Thanks Edgar. I like Bill's city scapes a lot.

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Ditto..to all the above.

Gorgeous!

Barbara Pask said...

Wonderful Frank. I do like what the addition of the wires does for the scene. Very nice

Jennifer Bellinger said...

The wires make this painting zing! Brings light to the dark center of the painting..I love this painting,Frank!

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Johana!

Hi Barb, thanks!

Thanks Jennifer!

Kathryn Law said...

Man oh man. Super-effective use of color, it really sings. The atmosphere is tangible.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Kathryn. This is one of my recent favorites. Glad you like it.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Wow. So glad to discover your blog. This painting is incredible, very striking.

Frank Gardner said...

Hi Diane, I am glad you discovered my blog too.
Thanks for leaving a comment.

Marian Fortunati said...

Just gorgeous, FRANK!