Putting The Urban Landscape Into Perspective

I’ve become very interested in the perspective of looking down on buildings. It’s interesting mainly because it’s a different way to look at things and therefore it takes us a little out of our comfort zone painting-wise.

This is the view from my mother-in-law’s 32nd floor apartment in Winnipeg.  

Rex Beanland, Winnipeg From The 32nd Floor, watercolour, 16 x 20

Winnipeg From The 32nd Floor

What Makes This Painting Interesting

I’m still playing with this subject to work out all the kinks but I think it’s worth the effort.  It presents a number of challenges but also a number of rewards.  One interesting element is the  perspective of looking down which by itself makes this an interesting subject.  Another thing that makes it interesting is that it includes some experimental watercolour techniques that give it a special look.  In this case the buildings in the background were put in using lots of water and lots of letting the paint do it’s own thing.

Also, the centre of interest is really strong.  The centre of interest consists of the the dark shadow on the road and all the people and cars near the sidewalk.

Painting and drawing this perspective was a great challenge but it offers great rewards. I plan to continue exploring this subject.

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