Friday, July 27, 2007

Miracle Mile


This is "Miracle Mile", a smaller oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches. Sorry, but the pic turned out a little bluish. The Miracle Mile is a stretch of road west of downtown Los Angeles on Wilshire Boulevard. There's alot of old art deco architecture along there, including the El Rey Theater here in my painting.
When I began the execution of this piece, I started out rather loose and painterly. But the lack of detail seemed to be problematic, it felt unfinished and bothered me. So the result here (from 2 to 3 sittings) is a painterly, but finished out piece.

7 comments:

alex schaefer said...

nice and sunny!

william wray said...

The key to painting loose is to loose edges and paint bold and thick.

tonypetersart said...

Thanks Alex!

tonypetersart said...

Hey Bill,

It's a matter of personal prefrence... I felt it wasn't working well painted loose, it's a small painting with rather specific architecture and felt sloppy with the lost edges and simplification. So I cleaned it up.

Brothergrimm said...

I suppose some people like the surprise loose painting might bring to the work? I don't really know. But, if that style doesn't jive with you, it probably wouldn't pay off to keep trying to paint that way. At least you tried!

tonypetersart said...

Hey BG,

Thanks, I agree. I do want to keep experimenting with the looser brushwork, I can always go back. I like the surprise of loose painting and what it brings to an artwork... but it isn't essential to a good painting. There are alot of factors.

Andrew said...

Really marvelous...


Thank you very much...

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