Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cityscape--"Dusk in the Big Apple"

12 x 16
Rhonda Hartis Smith © 2008
This was from my trip to New York City last February, it was at dusk so that's why it's a little grey, at that point in the day when you finally turn on your headlights. What's a good title for this one? I know you can do better than my "The Big Apple". I feel like this painting needs something but I'm not sure what--any suggestions?


Brenda said...

Great painting! This doesn't sound very original, but what about "Dusk in the Big Apple?"

Rhonda said...

Brenda I like that--that one word really describes the painting a lot better, doesn't it.

Anonymous said...

Ohhh! Ahhh! Love your painting. I see Macy's, so I think this must be in the thirties. Oh, and I love the yellow cabs in the painting.

Brenda's suggestion is a good one. ;-)


Suzanne said...

Hello Rhonda,

That is a great painting, I would love to see New York one day.
I think Brenda has a chosen a good title.
Happy Sunday to you.

Rhonda said...

Hi Paz,
There has to be yellow cabs if it's New York City.

Hi Suzanne,
For a small town girl like me, NYC is awesome and I love to visit.

I think Brenda's suggestion is a winner!

Thanks all for your suggestions.

Gina said...

Great painting Rhonda!..although I've never visited it certainly gives you the feeling of NYC..and love the suggested title from Brenda :D

Pat said...

This is a good capture on NYC, Rhonda! It certainly is more grey than any color most of the time.

I'd put a water tank or air conditioner unit on the top of one of the buildings on the right --something to break up the sky? The skyline always seems so asymmetrical to me when I'm in Manhattan.

Rhonda said...

Hi Gina & Pat,
Thanks for your comments on my NYC painting. I'll look at my reference picture to see if I have something that I can use.
I kind of edited a little and left out a few items in front such as lamp posts.

mari said...

Rhonda, I was wondering how you painted this. Did you set up your materials and easel on the street and paint right there? Or, did you take a photograph and work on and off on this? It's beautiful. I'm always curious to find out how artists work.

Rhonda said...

Hi Mari,

This painting I did from a picture, but some artists paint plein air (on location). I'm not fast enough to paint this scene plein air-you have to work small & fast before the light changes.
Maybe someday. . .


Debbies-English-Treasures said...

I wish I could give you some suggestions... but to me it looks P.E.R.F.E.C.T as it is!
Debbie Moss


Rhonda said...

Thanks Debbie--my head is swelling up now.