Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sun Showers - Tour of Washington DC

Sun Showers
8 x 16
Oil on Raymar Panel


This is a painting I never thought I would finish.  It just didn't seem to come together…so many lessons learned!!!  Lessons on perspective, figurative positions…light…dark…warm… was just a jumble.  Slowly and methodically I started working out each issue.  I studied angles, positions and perspectives.  It is still not perfect, but it was a great learning experience.  Some paintings seem to just flow off the brush…this is what I call one of my BST works.  Blood, Sweat and Tears!!!

The scene is actually in front of the Lincoln Memorial looking away from the memorial.  The concrete blocks were placed there during construction and are no longer there.  The first woman with the yellow umbrella was a tour guide and her flock followed behind soaking up her knowledge of our great capital, Washington DC.  Sometimes I follow these groups to hear bits of knowledge…they always have amusing stories.  

As an aside…this is is a small portion of a large piece I am working on.  "Steampunk Marissa" is the working title.  I still have lots to do on it…but I am please with my progress so far!


  1. Great job on all the umbrellas and kids soaking up with atmosphere. LOVE the start on Marissa...cant't wait to see the finished product.

  2. It was worth the blood, sweat and tears! It's so alive...I love this! I'm liking the look of "Steampunk Marissa" too, I love her hair:)

  3. Great job on a very difficult composition in Sun Showers...Way to hang in there. Love the start on Steampunk...Look forward to seeing the finished painting!

  4. Beautiful scene, Maria! I love paintings with umbrella's ....very nicely done.

  5. I'm impressed with Sun Showers. Very difficult, but you pulled it off. Can't wait to see the finished Marissa. She looks like she is fun to paint!


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