Friday, April 25, 2008

Which should I paint?

I'm scoping out a few local sights in town in the designated area for the "Paint the Town" event in June. I want to plan a couple good options so, depending on the light, wind, and weather - I can make a final selection or two on the morning of the event. The image has to be fairly uncomplicated and eye-catching so that I can capture it in about a 3-hour painting session.

Which would you recommend? These are some starting options - I'll have a few more to run past you by contest day. Keep in mind the sun, sky, and foliage are going to look much different in mid-June too - and I can omit annoying details (like the red flowerpot in #2).

Place your vote in the comments (I don't have a voting box option, sorry!). I may also have you look at a couple value studies of a few of the options once we narrow it down.

1. Workboat

2. Churchyard gate
3. Vine house
4. Red door
5. Steeple

6. Lighthouse (the iconic symbol of the town - but I'd have to paint it from a different view, from the land side - this is the only photo I had handy, taken from a boat)

16 comments:

stronger said...

I vote 4.

Shelley said...

I love #1

Spokane Al said...

They are all terrific. You really live in a magnificant place.

Nancy Toby said...

You. Must. Commit.

I'm sure I could find lots of shots in your town too....

LBTEPA said...

red door

Lynne said...

If wisteria is still in bloom, I would go for the vine house. *3*

Ellie Hamilton said...

Red Door. Beautiful. All those muted tones and that bright red door, beckoning entry. The way you've use the tree to frame it and place it off-center is wonderful.

jeanne said...

#4. god you live in a beautiful place.

TxTriSkatemom said...

red door, hands down. that tree is awesome!

Fe-lady said...

Boat and trees on lake...
Buildings in a painting are...well, just buildings.! :-)

Holly said...

RED DOOR is my vote

*jeanne* said...

YES! I LOVE Red Door!

Nancy Toby said...

Thanks for the feedback so far, folks! So far "red door" is a clear favorite! I'm just afraid most of the building will be obscured by summer tree foliage, so I'll have to wait and see. Boats, trees, and reflections we have in abundance here - that's one that will have to wait until the very last minute depending on what's moored where in the nearby creek!!! And which way the wind is blowing, too...

Nancy Toby said...

The one I called "vine house" won't be in bloom in June, unfortunately - it's going to be a plain old green vine. But it's about 100 yards from the church in "red door" so if the light is good there I can always move over and do that one. Except the farmer's market may be filling that parking area... so many things to think through!!

21stCenturyMom said...

1 or 4. Reflections on the water are always a winner. I do like the red door, though.

Mommymeepa said...

if you are still taking votes.. . . . . . #4.