Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Passing by the Coop

This is for January 2011 Virtual Paintout Boston challenge. It's oil on 8x10 canvas board.

I started out browsing in Cambridge MA as I had spent a number of years there. It didn't take me too long before I found this interesting scene in front of the Harvard Coop. (ref photo) The student riding a bike in a cold sunny day was an interesting contrast with the display window at the Coop while the street vendor looks on.

To paint this, I bascially stuck with cold light vs warm shadow. Shadows is a combination of ultramarine purple and Indian red, while brights are mostly white and lemon yellow.


  1. I like the style, it reminds me of Hopper :)

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  3. Rebecca, thank you for dropping in on my blog and leaving such nice comments.
    You did a wonderful painting capturing a mood in Cambridge. I noticed you added interest by creating some shop window details inside the Coop. I looked around Harvard commons and had a couple of Victorian houses on Garfield Street for potential painting subjects. I also liked the Civil War Memorial Building, but could not find a good Google image of it. You must have some fond memories of Cambridge.