Monday, November 14, 2011

Accordion Player in Paris

This is for A Day Not Wasted, Oct 2011 challenge. It's oil on 10x12 canvas panel.

This is actually not an easy challenge. (ref) The most difficult part is to sketch out the accordion player. I first painted the whole panel black and then sketched using a light color color pencil. For the background houses, I used relatively thin oil paint, so some of the black under-painting was showing through, and the color being different tones of grey. I also got rid of the railing, as I thought that was too much distraction.

For the foreground person and the road I used thicker paint and more non-grey color as well as bigger contrast in values. I also intensified the colors for the accordion player, such as his green sweater and red accordion, so that the whole painting is not all grey. I also got rid of the container for money, again I thought that was too much distraction.


  1. This is beautifully painted! Nice colors.

  2. in Greece we'll need your accordion, because we 'll be out of money!
    Well, i like the foot which holds the rythm! very good catch!

  3. Hai Rebecca, good idea to leave some things out! I love the painting. Nice job!