Saturday, December 12, 2009

Virtual paintout, Mexico City

Inspired by Charlene and Laura, I took a little trip to Mexico City, thanks to Google Maps and Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout. I searched for ages to find a place that struck me as particularly Mexican and exotic-looking, and at last landed here at 130 Alvaro Obregón, Roma Norte - a very complicated building that made me wonder if I really am a sucker for punishment. Its not at all accurate and now I've done it, I think I should start all over again and do it differently. I just loved looking around though, what a colourful place - another destination to put on my wish list.

12 comments:

Charlene Brown said...

This is a lovely painting -- and what a great idea to provide a direct link to the real thing! You've done an amazing job of distilling the (way too) complicated details and evoking the essence of Mexican architecture.

laura said...

What a great scene, and I love the way you handled this Cathy: it vibrates with warmth and light. I agree w/Charlene about adding a link to the actual site: brilliant!

Anonymous said...

Cathy I think this is beautiful. And than-you for taking us on a trip. When the weather hear is so, so, cold.And do not start over.
Always ,
Linda

Kris Wiltse said...

It's a beautiful piece. I like how you layered the trees on top. And the suggestions of ornament. You captured old Mexico. Thanks for sharing!

Carol King said...

This is amazing. I love your painting and the whole idea of the Virtual paintout!. Your watercolor is beautiful and very accurate.

EH said...

What a beautiful,bright street scene! The Umbrella shines in the sun and makes me feel a summer vacation..

Gillian said...

Lovely Cath - the umbrella in the foreground puts that focus of sunshine immediately inot the picture. Maybe we'll do Mexico City together one day. It's often called "Little Europe" here.

Cathy Gatland said...

Thanks very much everybody - I felt like I took a teensy vacation to Mexico myself!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

These virtual holidays seem such a great idea - we can go anywhere. Love the result of your Mexican trip. Really feels as though you were there - colourful, warm, happy feel.

Gillian said...

I think you've captured the vibrancy of the city very well. It is hard to choose, isn't it!

caseytoussaint said...

Wow - this is beautiful! Kudos to you just for finding the scene, and your painting of it is gorgeous.

Teresa said...

Hi Cathy!

It's a fabulous building and you did a wonderful job painting it!