Friday, January 1, 2010

Corsica Cemetery

My attempt for this month's Virtual Paintout challenge - Corsica. This is a hillside cemetery in Sainte-Lucie-de-Tallano, Southern Corsica, France.

Every month since I discovered Virtual Paintout, I spend the day lost in the streets of the target city. I wander about capturing screen shots of the scenes I think I might attempt. Every month I end up choosing:

1.) A scene with lots of structural ironwork: bridges, transmission towers, industrial plants; or

2.) Cemeteries; or

3.) A scene with a spot of bright red.

If I ever found a cemetery with something bright red in the middle and a transmission tower on the hilltop above it I would be in hog heaven.

I actually finished a sketch for Lisbon, Portugal, but was too much a scaredy-cat to submit it. I did the ink work for Nova Scotia, Canada but gave up in frustration and never got it painted. I have lots of screen caps of different cities that never even made it to a pencil sketch. This is my first Virtual Paintout submission. Yay!


Process notes:
All that hot, yellow grass is supposed to be a nice, calm lime green. Fought with my scanner twenty ways to Sunday and it would not see that as lime green. Phooey.


Anonymous said...

I love it. Interesting and fun painting! (I also fight with my scanner over my Paintout submissions and I always lose. The colors never look as good as the original---or so I tell myself.)

Nancy said...

Wow! You're quick! I've been looking and searching for the right scene to paint!

Leslie Hawes said...

I really like this!!
I think spending hours googling around the streets of the pick city is half the fun.
Isn't Corsica an amazing place?

Speck said...

@TTPT - That's my story too and I'm stickin' to it.

@Nancy - I was lucky this time to find something that really spoke to my soul in under an hour. The scenes I picked in the last few cities (after wandering for *hours*) left me rather unmotivated...thus no submission for that month.

@Leslie - Thanks! Corsica was GORGEOUS! The green hills and stone buildings made me want to pack my bags and move there permanently. My total inability to learn French would have drawbacks however. :)

Leslie Hawes said...

I reacted to Corsica the same way...pack the bags and move permanently!
I'd wing it with the language...

Anonymous said...

I followed the link here from Virtual Paintout. Your painting jumped off the page at me. It is so quirky and interesting. I haven't done Corsica yet, but it certainly is a good venue. I have printed off three photos but not started yet. I go for interesting old buildings or something with water.

Murilo S Romeiro said...

"Corsica was GORGEOUS! The green hills and stone buildings made me want to pack my bags and move there permanently."
Yeah,I want the same!!
Congratulations , your painting is gorgeous too, I loved it.

Carolyn Ann Pappas said...

I love this piece. It reminds me of the illustrations in the book "Amelia Bedilia" which was one of my favorite books when I was a kid.

Speck said...

@quirkyartist - Yes! Yes! Quirky! Someone who understands (and apparently shares) my point of view! Big hugs to you.

@Murilo - Thank you very much!

@Carolyn - Thank you very much too! I'll have to look up Amelia Bedilia, I'm not familiar with the story. My sister, the Children's Lit major, will probably roll her eyes at me for that statement.