Friday, November 16, 2007

Memphis Music

In my native country of Portugal, painting on ceramic tiles is a very old tradition, originating from the times of the Arab ocupation of the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages. In this painting, I tried to emulate this art form on watercolor paper. Some people have said it looks like tiles...some others have said it looks like I was painting through a window. In any event, this painting shows one of the most popular spots in Memphis. Lots of live Blues Music and Barbecue!
Watercolor, 12x16", Arches paper


  1. I like this painting...especially the darker colors and stronger value contrast.

    Do you work on site or from photos? Which ever, keep up the good work.

  2. Hi Dr. Renzulli,
    Thanks for your comment. I am sorry to say I have never painted on site. I work only at home from photographs.
    I do my best to "purify" the photo into the center of interest, and avoid clutter. With very rare exceptions, all the photos I use are my own.
    Painting outside remains one of my many things to do when the time comes.
    Thanks again. And please keep your great art blog humming, I am a regular reader.