Day 955 Urban Landscape Knoxville

Yesterday we had at lunch Kathe Drew and I had a  big discussion on gridding our paintings or not. Drews currently working on a huge painting of downtown Augusta. The view is five floors up and he’s frustrated trying to get all the buildings in to the scene. 

I told him about drawing this view of downtown Knoxville last May. I was five stories up too at 7 am drawing away. It took about half an hour to draw this. 

Most people looking at it would think that yes that’s exactly what Knoxville looks like but it’s not quite. 

No matter how hard I try to plot the drawing of a cityscape like this I usually run out of room by the time I work right or left to the edges. 

I end up leaving out buildings. I told Drew that as long as you get the important buildings in the skyline is recognizable. What would the Knoxville skyline look like without the Workds Fair golden globe or the the big basketball from the basketball hall of fame.

 Some buildings are musts in the skyline. Other  nobody will ever notice they are missing. Nobody has yet to say where’s xyz. 

These are actually what I was looking like. 

I didn’t even paint it so it looked like this. 

I added nice dawn colors. Layering buildings with a base coating of Quin gold letting it dry and then painting it the colors of the buildings. It gives a nice early morning glow to the sketch. 

Anyway that’s it for today. Ttyl

Margaret xoxoxox 

2 thoughts on “Day 955 Urban Landscape Knoxville

  1. Nicola says:

    I always think that if your aim is to draw/paint something that is *exactly* what you’re looking at then why not just take a photo and go home. I see the artists job as interpreting a scene to get across what they want to say. Emphasising some aspects, simplifying others. Your panorama is great and far more interesting than the photos.


    • Margaret Hunt says:

      Thanks Nicola. It was a beautiful early morning when I drew it. Then the light went as it is apt to do. We have a friend who slavishly copies his photos a la photorealism and this came out of a conversation about cityscapes and slavish copying of them.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s