Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Virtual Paintout : Boston - January 2011

So, I found a really cool blog that invites artists to visit cities via google maps and do a plen aire painting without the plen aire :-)  The stage is set by the very talented artist, Bill Guffey.  Hundreds of artists go to the designated location and hunt up their perfect location via google street view, take a snapshot, and let the art begin!  They then submit a digital image of their paintings, up to 3 only.  There are very few rules except that your painting/drawing has to be verifiable by the location url in google maps.

Here is a link to this wonderful virtual paintout blog:
The title of this post is the link to the blog.  I'm guessing you can't have the same link two places in the same blog post.  Who knew :-)

And here is my first submission to the paintout

So, for the 1st time in my life, I have tried a painting from a picture.  I got the shape of the buildings right.  But colors were another story.  I just went wild.  It was a really enjoyable experience which I hope to entertain at least once monthly.  Here is the url of my chosen location:,+ma&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=52.815565,135.263672&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Boston,+Suffolk,+Massachusetts&ll=42.371444,-71.083132&spn=0.778169,2.113495&z=10&layer=c&cbll=42.371444,-71.083132&panoid=g12r4jZUUGzclg3-QViNAw&cbp=12,54.9,,0,-7.61

You artists out there... don't beat me up too badly!  I had fun... even if it does look like a 10 year old did it.  Thanks to Google Maps for allowing me to use their technology to create this painting! 

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