Thursday, December 6, 2012

Night Rain at 6x6 Show

"18th St. Rain Nocturne"    SOLD
oil on panel, 2012
6" x 6" (15.24cm x 15.24cm)

My fourth painting accepted into the 6 Inch Squared Show at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa California.
Another rain painting in the show here.

A simple enough idea, more challenging to paint than I thought.
Warm light on a cold night. Yellow green from the house, orange from the sodium street lights meant the two had to be interspersed in some places.
In reality the light is actually blueish white but made for a cold uninviting image. This is when artistic decisions must be made.
I initially had more yellow from the house light but the painting lacked depth so I added green as the light spread out from its source, even further under the shine of rainy conditions. I finished it off by adding some color accents of blue in the sky and red of the taillights.199

Another "18th St. Rain" here, a view slightly up the same street.
Click rain 'RAIN' LABEL to see others.


  1. It is an impressive work, the feeling that conveys, water, cold, and the light of the house. That's incredible. I also really like the pictures above, the train and the industrial landscape.
    Greetings from Spain

    1. Thanks Ricardo,
      It was a tougher subject than I anticipated, especially since I see this view every night off my balcony.
      Sometimes the things we see the most present the biggest challenges, much like doing a family members portrait. I am happy it has some resonance with you. I always appreciate your comments.
      Keep painting...

  2. There's so much to explore in this tiny 6x6.
    Wonderful atmosphere.
    I love your explanation of your particular sort of artistic license. I think that's one of the things that makes painting so much fun, changing the visual facts to reflect the visual truth.

    1. Thanks Shirley,
      As an artist yourself I'm sure you know what enters our eyes must then go through some sort of emotional & intellectual process before we can find its (our own) visual truth laid out on the surface.

      I certainly would give up my drivers license long before surrendering my artistic license!
      And yes that IS where the real fun is to be had!

      Keep painting...

  3. David!
    Wild, wonderful, dramatic, exciting, thrilling, and so much more!
    The best compliment I can give is that your work speaks for itself. It is almost ridiculous for me to say what it says! Because painting is a visual experience it is hard for me to put into words the tremendous feelings your great work evoke! Bravo always comes to mind!
    Paint on and on and on!
    East Coast Michael

    1. Michael,
      Thank you, I always appreciate your words. When struggling it's the encouragement of others that keeps us going!
      I just did 3 watercolors in a row that are headed for the fireplace. Can't win'em all but your comments are always a boost.
      Keep painting...