A year or so ago, as part of my development as a painter, I tried a couple of street scenes. I knew I shouldn’t expect much in the beginning, but the results turned me off, and I turned back to my standard countryside subjects. The desire to paint these scenes has remained strong, however, and the urge to try it again has lain just below the surface. Recent introductions to the work of Australian watercolor painter Joseph Zbukvic, and the gouache street scenes of French painter Eugene Galien Laloue (1854-1941) have inspired me to begin exploring the subject again. As I begin to experiment with street scenes, I choose to start small (5×7), just as my first painting attempts nearly three years ago were small. I want to retain a loose, sketchy flavor, and I also want to experiment with a combination of transparent and opaque uses of gouache within the same piece. Here are my first four attempts at street scenes.
A companion post, The Art Of Drawing, posted the same day, deals with the drawing aspect of this work, and includes pencil sketches that are a part of my development of the subject.