Friday, March 6, 2015

Main Street at Night

An acrylic painting of main street williamsville, ny at night
Main Street at Night
8” x 10”
Acrylic on archival Gessobord (1/8” flat)
Chris Breier © 2015
The original painting is available.
Last summer, I took a walk down Main Street on a very hot and humid summer night. I had been wanting to paint a nocturne for awhile so I took my camera with me with to take a few reference photos. The heavy traffic on Main Street was a problem because I didn’t want the cars to be the focal point of the painting. I waited until the light turned red to keep them at a distance, the traffic light also created a nice red reflection in the street and provides a warm contrast against the dark blue sky.
The tree in this painting was difficult to paint because it’s made up of just a few dark values. As I have written about before, painting a subject within a limited range of values is challenging. I was tempted to remove the tree but I think it adds some interesting textures and it also prevents your eye from wandering off the right edge of the painting.

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