Friday, December 4, 2009

Air Travel aka Business Class

Karen Jurick posts the most incredible pictures for us to paint on her challenge blog.  The last one was of the airport travellers, which I did, and completed in time!  I even put it up at a local competition and was placed 13th (out of 65) for it!

BUT, and it is a huge but, no matter where I stood, no matter how hard I tried, I just could not get the glare out of the darks on the photograph.  Even with Dean's tips of indoors with a shield - nothing!

Ja,well,no,fine! as we say in this part of the world.  This problem had to be solved somehow, because I really loved the pic.

So here it is, in charcoal!  Black and white, no glary oil paint - maybe I'll try it in watercolour next!


29 comments:

Prabal said...

Oh well done Liz. I had seen the challenge. But it was too tough for me even to attempt this one. I was not sure how I'll get the sense of movement of the passengers. You have done a great job.

Marie Theron said...

Hi Liz, excellent work. I gave it one look and passed the challenge of moving figures. Well done!

Marian Fortunati said...

I love Karin's challenges, but I always miss them.
You did a FABULOUS job as you always do.... I'll bet the oil is terrific as well!

becky joy said...

Great job with the challenge. I also miss them. I'll have to make more of an effort to do them. Well done!

Barbara Pask said...

I agree with everyone, this is excellent. Quite complicated I think but you did a wonderful job with it. Are you doing the portrait challenge?

Suzanne McDermott said...

Beautiful job!

Sheila said...

Wow... this looks great Liz! All those lines and those moving figures, challenging but you tackled it with beauty and flair.

Krista Hasson said...

Very nice, i saw the finished ones on her blog they were fantastic! I really like this in charcoal, it is such a great composition I find it even better without color! Nice job

Anthony Duce said...

Wonderfully done. Your version in charcoal adds more mystery to the subject.

Ramesh Jhawar said...

Great job, Liz :)

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Prabal - I really enjoyed this one!


Hi there Marie and thank you for the compliment - I have no doubt that you could have done it!

Art with Liz said...

Hello Marian! I also miss a lot of the challenges, but if I really like a pic, I do it anyway. And I sold the oil yesterday! Yay!


Thank you for visiting and the lovely compliment Becky Joy! As I've already said, if I like it, I do it even if I miss the deadline.

Art with Liz said...

Hi Barbara - thank you! And every time I look in the mirror to do the portrait challenge I think, should I really do this??? Are you doing it?


Thank you so much Suzanne.

Art with Liz said...

You really have a beautiful way with words Sheila! Thank you so much.


Thank you Krista. The photographing of this composition has been a mine field and even this b/w version hasn't come out that well. But it's a whole lot better than the colour one!

Art with Liz said...

Hi Tony, thank you so much!


Hello Ramesh. Love your visits. Thank you.

Carol said...

Congrats on the sale Liz... very well done!

Arti said...

You did a fabulous job, Liz.Its a wonderful sketch!...I am sure it would looks great in watercolor too.Would wait to see how you do it!

Dianne said...

A very interesting view-point, you have a good charcoal drawing here.

Shelley Ross said...

Hi Liz

Nicely done. I really like your drawing. Maybe when the paint dries on the painting you can try again to photograph it. It would be very interesting to see it. I know what you mean about glare, I've taken pictures of paintings in the strangest locations trying to get rid of glare.

Shelley

Avocaken said...

Hi Liz. I've almost given up trying to make photos of my paintings! I have lately been trying to put my paintings in "bright shade" - under the roof of a shaded porch for example - with the sun casting its shadow behind me. It's worked for a couple - but not all!?!?

Charcoal doesn't have much glare, does it? :-)

Good job - both times.
Ken B.

Dean H. said...

Hi, Liz...love the charcoal! That sure defeats the glare!
I forgot to mention this in my first comment on the subject, so here's a tip for the future. Paint your darks with THINNED paint. Not nearly as reflective as thick, dark, brush textured paint. Then photograph as described in my earlier post.

rob ijbema said...

ja well no fine
dat is heel mooi gedaan
petje af!

Judybec said...

nicely drawn!
very cooL perspective

n. rhodes harper said...

Liz this is absolutely fabulous. I can't wait to see it in watercolor. Your drawing is right on.

Art with Liz said...

Thank you Carol - I'm glad it found a new home.


Gee Arti, I think I stuck my neck out too far on this one - don't know about the watercolour!


Thank you so much Di - I so appreciate your comments.


And thank you as well Shelley - unfortunately no more pics of the oil as it's gone! Just the grotty one I have on file!


Hi Ken, I really have a photographic soulmate in you! Check out Dean's advice on thinning the darks.


And thank you so much Dean! I love this blogging. I learn so much from all you guys out there!


Hi Rob, you really made me laugh - en as 'n mens se in Afrikaans, baie dankie!


Thank you so much Judy.


Hello Nancy and thank you, but no watercolour - tried it and it was a disaster - enough of this pic now. Onto others.

kathleen.artkat.hebert said...

LOVE the perspective! That was not easy to do!!!!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Great job on this Liz. I just read through your profile, and bravo to you! I hope you enjoyed your time of traveling, it sounds wonderful. I just wanted to thank you again for supporting me and my blog with all your uplifting comments. Thank you so much, and Merry Christmas to you too.

V....Vaughan said...

OOO, so nice!!! And so good to hear from you!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

Mineke Reinders said...

Wow, dramatic and different! I like it very much. Don't know if I can ever muster the courage to attempt one of these challenges - my own work is enough of a challenge to me - but I sure like seeing your results.