Sunday, July 1, 2012

932 Bourbon Street

New Orleans Series continued...

I'm continuing to paint from photographs I took in New Orleans and 932 Bourbon Street is one of them. This building is across and down the street at an angle from the Blacksmith Shop on Bourbon Street.

I push myself and struggle with perspectives because I don't have my drafting board setup and I honestly just don't pull it out and set it up very often.  I usually draw directly on my canvas or panel board with my paintbrush and eyeball the lines.  I think this strengthens my eye.  I had a fellow artist, who is also a teacher, tell me in conversation once "It is not about the angles and color so much, its about the art.  Its about doing what makes you happy, painting.  The rest will come."

"932 Bourbon Street"
(8 x 8 - original oil painting on panel board)

Artist Note:  I wanted to dirty up the buildings so the viewer would get the feel of Old New Orleans.  To do this, I added in Transparent Oxides (yellow, red and brown).

A bonus I really treasure and don't see very often is when an artist posts the photo they worked from, so I'm posting my photo for you.  I cropped the picture and edited out the things I didn't like.  The perspective looks different from the picture because I adapted it to fit an 8 x 8 panel.

So....what do you think?  I would love to hear from you!!!


  1. You have made it soooo much better than the photo. Well done, Marie. I especially like the treatment you did of the dilapidated wall using the oxides.

    1. Thanks so much Julie! I made and used the wipe out tool I learned from your blog when using the oxides.

      If anyone would like to read Julie's wonderful blog and tips about the wipe out tool among other many things, here is the link: