Saturday, January 31, 2009

DSFDF Challenge: San Francisco Victorian


San Francisco Victorian, oil, 6" x 12"

My take on the current challenge from the inventive

Different Strokes for Different Folks
(the working photo is at the right).

I always try not to look at anyone else's rendition of the weekly photo before I finish mine and post it, mostly because I'm intimidated by so many good variations--and there are so many great ones.

And as usual, Tom Pohlman has managed to do the painting I had hoped to do-- moody, full of juicy brushstrokes (hey Tom, this painting IS me loosening up--ha ha), although I would've never come up with the novel idea to add Mr. Poe in front.

It's been interesting, and very challenging, to paint subject matter outside of my usual work. I really like seeing what the other artists come up with, and it's been a great way to meet new artist friends.

29 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting my bloggy - I saw this painting of the Painty Lady on Karin's site and was struck by how unique it was! Your blog is a GOLD MINE of good information. You have a gift of taking your instructions step by step and it is so helpful. I work in technical editing and really appreciate the labor you put into sharing these awesome tips!

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  2. Loooooooooooove it!!! It's perfect! Well done R.!

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  3. Nancy, thanks for your great comments! Technical editing sounds like an interesting business.

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  5. Thanks Sheila, for being such a great fan. Although I really prefer yours!!! You captured the subject in much lovelier, humanistic way...gave the Painted Lady a personality. Mine is way too stiff. I thought it was okay until I saw all the other cool ones.

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  6. Wonderful piece, R., beautiful colors and I love the soft clouds.

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  7. R, this is so beautiful! I love the sky. It makes me breath and relaxed. Wonderful!!

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  8. Wow - really nicely done! We think along the same lines I guess - I try not to look before I paint and am out of my comfort zone too. Also -thank you for the kind and encouraging words on my painting too. (Can't find an email address for you) I found your blog a while back when taking a Photoshop class - thanks for the help then too. I was stunned & honored when I saw a comment from R. Garriott! Thanks again. Nathalie

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  9. Wow!! What a great site you have! Thank you so much for commenting on my victorian and introducing me to all this great info and talent! All the best!

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  10. Hello R. - Your painting is beautiful; I think it's a good idea to wait and see what the others have done until after you've finished your painting, as well; however, I'm not always that disciplined. Thank you so much for your thorough instructions with Photoshop, I will be back often to read all that you are willing to share with us. I leave all of the editing stuff to my husband, I don't know why, but he uses Lightroom.

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  11. This is, in a word, excellent. In two words, outstanding and stunning. Your idea of taking a small portion and creating a composition works exceptionally well. I was on the way to this site to comment and compliment, but I stopped by Sheila's first and noticed your comments and suggestions on art competitions...very interesting. Also this is the first time I have been here (shame on me), but I'll be back to read up on tips. Stop by my place and have a cup of CR coffee.

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  12. Great color and I really like the crop!

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  13. I like that you left it about the sky, clouds with just enough of a hint of what is below.

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  14. Edward and Akiko, thank you for stopping by. I love your work!

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  15. Nathalie,

    Thanks--! I'm stunned and honored that anyone would be stunned and honored by a visit from me!

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  16. Hi Angela,
    Thank you for your kind comments! I haven't heard of Lightbox, but most photo editing softwares have similar capabilities, if you can figure out how to access them.

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  17. Thank you, Maria; I see that we both looked up for this challenge. Interesting how many different takes there can be on one image!

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  18. Thank you James, for your very kind comment.
    And my apologies to Sheila for leaving such a long winded reply on her question!

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  19. I really like to visit your blog, since I am a self taught artist, or I should say learning to be artist, it is cool to see someone giving instructions. Hope to do the same someday. Oh, and I love your painting.

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  20. Hello, R. Thank you for the nice comment you left about my castle-ish treatment of the DSDF challenge - I left a msg on your website, and don't want to repeat completely here, but my heavens, your work is lovely.

    What a world this is, that all these artists can paint all these paintings in all these styles, and they can delight so many people in so many ways.

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  21. R, thanks for visiting my site. Yours is very interesting and informative. Look forward to coming back often!

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  22. Hi Conrad, always nice to hear from you! I think in the end we're all somewhat self taught as artists.

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  23. Thank you both, Cary and Marianne; so nice to hear from you!

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  24. Hi, Thanks for the compliment on my blog today.
    I especially like how you treated this challenge. Begs the question, "where exactly might the person looking out this window be?" a mysterious point of view!
    I will spend some time with your site today, as it does appear to be a gold mine of info. Thanks for sharing it all with us!

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  25. Mr. Garriott, Your help is wonderful and so appreciated I am giving you an Art Blog Award. Cut and paste from mine. You deserve it.

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  26. Dominique, You are too kind! I'm not worthy!

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  27. Cathyann, thank you for your visit!

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Thank you for your kind comments! They always make my day.