Thursday, April 30, 2009

Practice for DSFDF challenge

So my follow DSFDF'rs found out what Karin's next 3 week challenge was.   I read her post very carefully and was impressed that she seems to know her followers well.

Instead of panicking this time, I went to all the websites she listed and also looked at her cityscapes.  She's right, I've never done a cityscape, never had an interest to but how am I going to learn if I don't constantly reach outside my comfort zone?  So last night I forced myself to try an paint a photo my friend took while we were walking around Pier 39 in SF.

It's not great but it's not as awful as I thought it was going to be before I started these challenges.  I consider it a warm up for the NYC image she posted.  Oy Vay!


8x10 oil on RayMar



20 comments:

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

I told you already how brave you are.And funny and sweet.
Not an "Oy Vay" at all looks good to me.

Darlene Twitchell said...

I second that! Good Job!

dominique eichi said...

Oh Sheila , what is wonderful about you is your willingness to push yourself without fear or at least pushing through it. You are a great example to all of us no matter the ability.
Your cityscape is great such a good start, I can wait to see us in a year from now we all will have changed and improved YEA !
BRAVO !

Charlene Brown said...

This is a very appealing interpretation of a beautiful location. Looking forward to finding out if you can make Madison Ave look so pleasing...

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Not awful in any way! Great job!!

Mary Paquet said...

Sheila, terrific painting. Very successful interpretation of your subject You had me intrigued so I went to DSFDF. I must start doing the challenges. Karen gives such great information on the blog.

L.Holm said...

Holy cow, you're amazing. I'd be happy with your practice piece as a finished piece! Am so impressed as your ability to simplify and get enough necessary info in the painting to give us all the info. we need. Has to be your training coming through to "get what's important." That's my long-winded way of saying, Love it!

Tracey Clarke said...

You go, girl. Your fearlessness is inspirational. If we know Sheila, she will pull if off beautifully.

Michelle said...

Great work...full of life! I can just imagine the bustling sounds of the city!

Manon Doyle said...

You did a fabulous job Sheila! Not an easy task but you came through!

Mrs. C said...

You seriously sat and painted that last night? Wow - you are amazing! It's beautiful.

I've been "pimping" your work everywhere and to everyone I can!

A friend of mine actually wants to contact you about doing a painting for her boyfriend.

I'm going to send her the link to your store so she can send you more information!!

Teresa Mallen said...

Great job Sheila, your style confidently shines through no matter what the subject matter.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

You're fearless, Sheila! Paint on!!

Stephen Dell'Aria said...

I would not consider this practice but finished. It's a nice city scene with a sweeping feel created by emphasising the trolley tracks.

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

If this painting is any indication, you will have no problems at all with the latest challenge...good job!

Sheila Wedegis said...

I love this Sheila!!!! Really nice job!!

Gwen Bell said...

Well, once again you prove my point...not only can you paint any subject, but paint is WELL. This is beautiful!

Mona said...

Beautiful! I love the use of blue in this painting.

Dean Grey said...

Sheila, you're thinking in the right frame of mind.

Instead of trying to get this to be a perfect finished piece you're thinking of it as practice for future paintings.

I think a lot of us could use that kind of wisdom for our own work.

-Dean

Linda (Artwolf) said...

Love it, its got real atmosphere.Lindax