Friday, February 3, 2012

The Bigger Apple





There is something about these Apple billboards that seems so iconic of our times. I've been an Apple user forever, including when it was such an underdog to Microsoft - and now it's surpassed Exxon Mobil in net worth, who would have imagined. These billboards are everywhere, elegant in their color and simplicity, somehow balancing out the chaotic backdrop.

I painted two versions of this scene on Canal Street, one in oil, the other in acrylics. I was not completely happy with the oils version, too much detail, too much brown, too much like the photo. With the acrylics version I did my homework before picking up the brush and designed my value structure rather than just mimicking the photo. I think it reads better and I felt much free-er with the paint, knowing that my values were worked out.

The Bigger Apple
12x12 Oil on Board (sold)
8x8 Acrylic on Paper
Price on Request

8 comments:

Jerry Stocks said...

I,selfishly, love the acrylic version better. You are one gret artist.

Patti Mollica said...

Jerry u always make my day!

Nancy Colella said...

This is such a great post! I just forwarded it to my class because we had a big discussion yesterday about the difference between the two mediums.Thanks you for the reference material! You can paint anything and make it look fabulous!

Angie Brooksby said...

They're both beautiful. Some of my workshoppers that were used to acrylics used oils like acrylics. It is hard to switch inbetween these two mediums but you are a master!

Jody Regan Paints! said...

I like them both, for different reasons. The two paintings each stand alone very well. Exciting.

Patti Mollica said...

Thanks Jody! thats a win-win :-)

Mari Jose Molina said...

Wonderful painting! congratulations on your job. :)
Cheers!

Patti Mollica said...

thanks mari!