Thursday, 1 August 2013

Oil Painting 4 - Pier 39

A guaranteed colourful crowd scene walking along a popular pier boardwalk with an iconic San Franciscan skyline behind was enough to tempt me to this spot and work through the necessary permit process to bring the oil painting set up here.

The view down on a sunlit crowd made me think of Claude Monet's La Rue Montorgueil, and how he tackled the challenge of a moving mass of people with combinations of coloured brushstrokes.

The piano staircase on the left reacted something like a real piano, which was a real novelty for the first couple of hours.

The composition tilt has been introduced to keep the viewers attention on the flow of the crowd down the pier and reduce the impact on a potentially boring vendor roof directly below my vantage point.

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