Friday, February 20, 2009

Painting the Forth Bridge


The Forth Bridge is a cantilever bridge that stretches over the Firth of Forth in Scotland. The story goes that painting it is never-ending - as soon as one coat is finished the maintenance crew goes back to the beginning and starts all over again. I begin to feel the same way about this painting. The back wall is still too warm, I need to cool it down to push it back especially on the right side.

13 comments:

tlwest said...

you have your subject to compare it to but it looks great to me!

Rose Welty said...

Funny you should mention the Forth bridge...I just read about that this week and was discussing it with my son. You have it there in RL, but it doesn't look too warm online. It looks great...the warm spot to pull you in...just off center...marvelous Anita. I really love it!

Robyn said...

I always find something new in this painting, Anita this time it's that beautiful reflection on the floor from behind the chair. I don't know about the warm spot - I trust the artist :)

Billie Crain said...

I've been to the Firth of Forth! i don't recall a bridge but it was so long ago i'm not surprised.

the chair looks good to me but i can see what you mean about the wall. it's hard to really tell. the image you posted is small. you'll sort it out. have faith!

Teresa Mallen said...

Ah the joys of tweaking a piece. :-) The perspective you have accomplished is beautiful Anita!

Jeanette said...

I think we all having paintings that we feel like that about. But taking your time and doing a little here and there keeps it fresh and allows you to see where you need to go with it.

This piece is very appealing. You've really made a statement with it. The simplicity that the viewer sees becomes much more complex after looking at it for awhile.

Anita said...

Terri - I am working from pastel studies and a charcoal for the value study. I started this well over a year ago in Riyadh.

Rose - thank you.

Robyn - its funny how different parts appear in this picture. With each stage of adding colour another section becomes the focus.

Billie - I hope it all comes together in the end - not in any hurry. I predict many layers before this is finished!

Teresa - thank you!

Jeanette - no one can accuse me of rushing it!!

Stacy said...

It's looking great to me Anita. I am impressed by your comittment!

Lisa Lorenz said...

I love Anita and the perspective is awesome. great work as always :)

Anita said...

Stacy - is it commitment or a need to be committed?

Lisa - thank you!

harrybell said...

They've solved the never-ending problem of painting the Forth Bridge by using an epoxy paint, which last much longer than what they used before. So maybe there's hope for all of us.

Anita said...

Harry - I read that they were using special paint now.

mazalart said...

As a child, was always impressed by the painters on the George Washington Bridge between NY and NJ. They rode carts on the great suspension cables or worked in baskets hung from the underside of the roadways. I don't recall how they worked on the towers. Their Sisyphic both inspired admiration and despair. And terror. As soon as they finished in NY, they went back to start again in NJ.

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