|San Marcos, 1881, Auguste Renoir. The "oil sketches" of the Impressionists |
fortunately sped up the painting process in a busy piazza like San Marcos.
|The Peterhof Grand Cascade, 1901-17, Alexander Benois.|
Copyright, Jim LaneThe Peterhof Cascade, 2012, Jim Lane (The frame leaks a little.)
Copyright, Jim LanePicture Taormina, 2010, Jim Lane
|Piazza del Duomo, Taormina.|
|Fishing Harbor, Capri, 1928,|
Another favorite painting locale of mine is the Isle of Capri. I've done three or four paintings based upon scenes I've captured with my pocket Canon. A painting by Konstantin Gorbatov, Fishing Harbor, Capri, (left, 1928) captures the look and feel of the place as it was over eighty years ago, possibly painted from a photo, but more likely on location. My two versions of the Gorbatov's "fishing village," which is, in fact, the island's Marina Grande (the red brick building in the center is a local landmark) are seen below, each viewing the port from opposite directions. My two paintings were drawn from several photos (my own and from the Internet) and painted with a palette knife. They were designed to be hung one over the other as a pair. My photos were apparently taken at low tide.
Copyright, Jim LaneMarina Grande, Capri, 2010, Jim Lane
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Marina Grande, Capri, 2011, Jim Lane
|Villefranche-sur-Mer, ca. 1920, Jacques Weismann|
Copyright, Jim LaneVillefranche Harbor, 2001, Jim Lane
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Villefranche Street, 2001, Jim Lane
Finally, on this side of the pond, this past spring, I joined a long, historic line of artists who have trekked to our Grand Canyon, situated on the Colorado River, which has engraved its magnificent vistas into the landscape of three western states (Colorado, Nevada, and Arizona). Although quite a number of gorgeous paintings by artists such has Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt have indelibly imprinted our minds with its stark, rugged beauty, I found it quite hard to do justice to it with my puny little Canon. It's simply too damned BIG. Even stitching together a panorama from several shots doesn't help much unless you want a painting five times wider than it is tall. So, rather than try to imitate the great American landscape artists of the past, I chose to bring to mind the final, climactic scene of a great American movie in which two high-flying, liberated women choose to visit the Grand Canyon up close and very personal. My version isn't as breathtakingly beautiful as Moran's but it is "breathtaking" in its own way. In all fairness, keep in mind that Moran painted his version in 1904 before the place was littered with 1966 Thunderbirds.
|Grand Canyon ,1904, Thomas B. Moran|
Copyright, Jim LaneA Grand Canyon Visit, 2014, Jim Lane