I have been very blessed to be able to travel both in the states and abroad. I love to photograph as many ordinary scenes that are part of the landscape of a given region as possible. This allows me a vast collection of raw material to draw from when a creative spark strikes.
This particular afternoon, I was strolling the streets of San Francisco trying to capture this fleeting scene of the trolley cars as they made their way up and down the rolling hills of the crowded city streets. Although this is a very familiar sight to the locals, in my mind’s eye I could envision a completely different landscape. The composition I was envisioning is known as dynamic symmetry; where converging lines point to a predominant subject. In this incidence, I planned to concentrate on replacing the white van in the lower left corner with my desired subject.
The next assignment was for me to find the subject of interest. I continued to meander down the street where soon I observed a lady carrying a red umbrella. Unfortunately, the umbrella lacked sufficient lighting. This problem was quickly resolved once she walked under a hotel marquee which provided the perfect illumination. CLICK! I knew instantly a beautiful San Francisco landscape was born.
Once I returned home I began the process of marrying the two photographs together into one image. Then I removed or softened any kind of distractions, such as the scaffolding and newspaper stand. Since the scene was taken in the late afternoon, I further enhanced the lighting to create a night-time effect; as well as, light the lantern near the red umbrella. Overall, I used a very impressionistic style of painting to minimize the distractions and emphasize my subject and landscape, thus creating: The Red Umbrella. It continues to be one of my personal favorites and has received numerous awards.
The Original San Francisco Street Scene
Below is the completed Master Oil Interpretive Painting...
THE RED UMBRELLA
The scene may not be perfect picture as we see it but by making a few changes here and there then it becomes a perfect work of art for me on my canvas.
If you have an art project needing assistance, I have thousands of images In my collection from across the United States and around the world. I’ve been amassing these images for more than 50 years. There are a variety of options to choose from including : Fine Art Photographs, Oil Paintings , Chalk, Pastels, Watercolor, Digital Art, or Mixed Media Paintings. I can also take one of your personal images and make it into an original "One of a Kind Art Piece". I specialize in Portraits and Fine Art Photography of Families and Children. However, I find great pleasure in working with landscapes, both as photographs or paintings.
Although I am located in Raleigh, North Carolina, I work with clients from all over the country. If you would like to discuss any ideas, please call me at 919.781.7501 and upload your image here on our site. Link... http://www.samgrayportraits.com/your-art