Saturday, January 22, 2011

Virtual paintout submission

This month's Virtual Paintout location is Boston which I found to be an interesting, if slightly difficult challenge. Although there are all kinds of tempting old townhouses and colonial churches and some interesting juxtapositions of steeples and modern towers, there is not too much drama in the cityscape, so paintings didn't jump out at me from every Google street view as they did last month in Ireland, for example. But I found myself drawn to this modest grey shingled house in the Melrose section of the city - probably because it is from the same era as the house I grew up in outside of Philadelphia. I painted it with a limited palette of ivory black, yellow ochre, french ultramarine, alizarin and titanium white on a 5" x 7" linen covered panel. Sold.

5 comments:

Linda Popple said...

Very nice! I like the limited palette and the simplicity of this painting.

sarah meredith said...

Thank you, Linda - I feel a little funny because it hasn't been put up on the VP website yet. . .but I am really happy to know you are looking at my blog.

Jean Nelson Paintings and Photography said...

I like your minimalist look in your use of color, and simple composition.
Nice painting.

sarah meredith said...

Thank you, Jean! I have been playing around a lot with different limited palettes - it is challenging and fun!

Nancy Clearwater Herman said...

I like this painting a lot. there is something slightly eerie about the house, isolated as it seems. the execution is perfect for the feeling.