I have spent a lot of time over the last week browsing the website, The Virtual Paintout. This is run by artist Bill Guffey, who every month posts a Google Map and invites participants to paint any picture they like from the area using Google Street View. The range of countries and places chosen is vast – form Bhutan to Lithuania and New York to Venice and likewise the media used covers every type of painting.
Like all amateur artists, I sometime run out of things to paint, and I was really pleased to find this site and I was inspired to try the November Paint Out which is Tijuana in Mexico. I travelled around the city in Street View and soon found this interesting cross-roads with a shop featuring a beautiful red colour on its fascia. I worked hard to draw this complex scene and then tried to paint it. My first attempt was a good practice attempt but had quite a few problems in it so I destroyed it and started again. My second attempt was OK so I’ve sent it off to the website for publication with all the other participants’ work.
And here is the streetview link if you would like to take a look at the scene I painted:
Just in case anyone is interested here is where I worked on the painting.