Friday, May 8, 2009

Different Strokes from Different Folks Challenge (Week 32-34)

Title: Man in Orange Shirt
6"x10.5" watercolor and micron pen on 140-lb CP
(please click on image to enlarge)

Karin Jurick's challenge at Different Strokes from Different Folks (week 32-34) is a photo of Madison Avenue, New York City. Although it features taxi cabs and lots of tall buildings, my eye was drawn to the person standing on the edge of the sidewalk. I think he lends a bit of humanity to the busy urban landscape.


Sheila May 9, 2009 at 4:06 PM  

Love this! I like the man looking out at the sea of cars.

Charlene Brown May 10, 2009 at 7:23 AM  

I was wondering how you would manage to produce a clean, uncluttered 'Christine Pierce' from this challenge -- and you've done it! The name is the perfect finishing touch.

L.Holm May 10, 2009 at 7:59 AM  

Love it, and the counter-balancing orange building that echos his shirt. Pink cabs--fantastic!

christine May 10, 2009 at 4:51 PM  

Thank you, Sheila!

Charlene, I had to sit with this challenge for awhile before I knew what to do with it. I actually did another version first, but it just didn't feel right. I'm glad you like the name :)

Liz, thank you so much!

bluelilac May 11, 2009 at 4:32 PM  

I love this whimsical light and sensitive interpretation. Especially the colours.

r garriott May 11, 2009 at 4:50 PM  

Christine, I can't tell you how jealous I am at your ability to pare this complicated subject down into simple but interesting and essential shapes and colors. It's fun, and full of whimsy, but still very NYC.

Camille LaRue Olsen May 11, 2009 at 7:14 PM  

Christine, I knew you'd come through with something airy and bright like this, it is wonderful!! I especially like that pink car, such a nice foil for the green foliage. Wait, I think I'm counting *four* pink cars! haha That's great. Why not? Yours is one of the stars of the KJ show, missie. Kudos!

christine May 13, 2009 at 7:57 AM  

bluelilac, I really appreciate your kind words!

r, I am so glad that you consider my simplification to be a positive thing :)

Camille, I'm delighted you like all of the pink cars. Yes, there are four of them, LOL!

BMoon May 18, 2009 at 11:38 AM  

Now how fun can you get? Just love this.

dominique eichi May 20, 2009 at 3:30 PM  

I love the abstract feel of your piece and the person .

christine May 21, 2009 at 8:52 AM  

Thank you, BMoon and Dominique!


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