Category Archives: Street view illustrations

Impressionistic renderings of streets, street corners, crossroads, etc.

Fire dish in Warsaw

This is part of my ongoing preparation for the Art + Photo exhibition I will be participating in with Georges Dutil and David Morris, at the Atelier/Galerie Marc Gosselin, in Montreal, May 17 to 26, 2018.

First one is a MP4, better quality but you have to set your player to loop for the effect to last more than 6 seconds – second one is an animated gif, which loops on its own, but is not as high def as the MP4.

From an original painting I created after a walkabout in Warsaw some years back. Time flies!

An animated piece reaches out to you, giving an illusion of experience that much closer to having been there. Of course, I still prefer the painting, which I’ll eventually publish here. In the meantime, warm yourselves by the fire in Warsaw’s Old Town.

Red flowers at dusk – animated gif

Red flowers at dusk animated gif
At dusk, Nafplio, Greece – Animated gif study

Animated gif built from a small courtyard I photographed in Nafplio, Greece, in 2016.  The red of the flowers bursts out in the fading daylight, almost as if the flowers were luminous.

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Study #1

Study #1 Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Study from a photograph I shot in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

Been in a creative rut lately and needed to open things up a bit. Preparing a show in Montreal in the Spring of this year (2018) with two friend artists and trying to have fun, experiment, so that my head and, more importantly, my heart feel peace. This is simply an animated gif but it gets to say what I wanted to.

The dark side is entirely mine. The photo just called this mood so I painted and edited accordingly.

Montepulciano – The Little Red Car

Montepulciano - Little Red Car
Little red car in a slanted alley in Montepulciano, Italy, 2017

I always explore off the beaten path when I am in an unknown place. Montepulciano is a very beautiful city but to me, the visual gems are hidden in nooks and crannies, up – or down – hills, in cul-de-sacs, or behind buildings. This red Fiat was parked behind a building up a steep slope from a more commercial and busy shopping street.

This was late afternoon, with the sun still heavily splashing the rooftops, but only partially getting to street level. The lighting was perfect. It added mood and even highlighted the appropriate areas. I couldn’t have wished for a nicer setting.

It was very quiet. No one around. Just me and my camera. I framed my shot and took the photograph. I knew I’d be working on this one.

Small Athens Courtyard

Small Athens Courtyard
Small courtyard in Athens

I was in Greece for a short stay, and only had the chance to see Athens and Nafplio. I did not have a whole lot of time for walkabouts, so I did the best I could in picking some interesting spots for digital painting.

This was taken through a grid, as the place is private. I love the way the owner(s) used potted plants to enliven an otherwise feature-poor entryway.

Montepulciano Pottery

Montepulciano Pottery
Montepulciano Pottery

Italy is full of visual gems. Case in point, during a Montepulciano walkabout, this pottery set painted with a Tuscany theme in a window display caught my eye.

I’m sure they probably offered delivery to whatever country you live in, but I find that a digital painting takes less space in my NAS than the set would have required in my kitchen. Of course, I do not have the pleasure of serving olive oil, or fresh water from these beauties.

Cava Baja, Latina Barrio, Take 2

Cava Baja, Latina Barrio, Madrid, Take 2
Cava Baja, Latina Barrio, Madrid, Take 2

The Latina Barrio is a very busy and lively sector of Madrid. It starts breathing at dusk, as the day’s light fades away. It is full of restaurants and people start occupying the place as the night moves in. Just lovely.

Cava Baja, Latina Barrio, Take 1

Cava Baja, Latina Barrio, Take 1, Madrid
Cava Baja, Latina Barrio, Take 1, Madrid

Cava Baja, at dusk, as the life starts to pick up. Restaurants don’t open much before 7 PM, or 19 h, and life won’t be buzzing until much later. Spaniards are not early revelers, so tourists can fill the available seats earlier in the trendy places.

Puerta del Sol, Early Morning

 

Puerta del Sol, Early Morning, in Madrid
Puerta del Sol, Early Morning, in Madrid

The sun had barely started its day, which is the only time you can see the Puerta del Sol plaza empty. On our way to nice churros at the San Gines Chocolateria, fine fare for an early morning walkabout.

Plaza Mayor Archway, Madrid

Plaza Mayor Archway
One of the many archways through Plaza Mayor

A tad on the fauve side, and I did get carried away with the stonework. I love doors and entrances, those in-between membranes separating two spaces.