A new private project. Melancholic atmosphere from small deserted American town in 50's, picture inspired by my trip to US. Let me know any critics, I would like to make more in this theme and welcome some thoughts.
Two very different critiques already and I must say I have to agree more with the first, a wonderful piece of work., your detail is just amazing. An autumn scene captures the decaying of life perfectly, old cars rusting, leaves turning brown and decaying. I think your sky is beautiful, moody, dark and depressing, light and dark showing the fear of death and decay but also shining on what could have been. The road shadows are real and amazing, the cars beautifully decrepit. Didn't we all play in such old wrecks in by gone years This is simply a wonderful piece of work, congratulations.
To tell the truth I love this piece quiet adamantly. Sure the sky needs a bit more work, I'm no expert about it, but it seems a bit off to me. Though Adore the color transition expressed within it. It's amazing the captivation on the old style cars that are slowly rusting and decaying as the elements of the world around them eat away at the exposed metal, and glass. It actually remind me of a place up north in America. Indian has many places that remind me of this piece. The detail brought into the foliage and leaves scattered about, is an amazing process that I could simply envy. The old style and renditions of the buildings was obviously well thought out. The shadowing is also well done. Though you can not get a clear depiction of what is on the other side of the long stretch of road, you get the sense and feel that there are other old buildings just out of sight that may be just as decrepit as the buildings being shown.
I get the sense that even though this quaint looking place may be dying and falling apart. It had lived a very lively existence, yet what could have been had been unobtainable. The look of the place as it is, shows a hope and good life that now is that of a memory sent to live on in those that are left to remember it. Even though time goes by and things fade, the impression left behind will always live on in those who know were to look.
Anyways I hope this was a good enough insight. Like I said I'm not expert, but I like giving people what I think. This had inspired me to try hard and do better in my works, even though they may not be as realistic as yours is. Other that what I've said this is definitely a lovely piece of art that I will certainly go on remembering.
I read the criticism regarding your sky in this painting. To your defense I must say that living in northern Florida all my life skies like this are quite common. What would create this effect would be a low sun angle a mostly cloudy sky with some breaks to allow the shafts of sunlight to shine clearly through. It would appear that a storm front or thunderstorm looms off in the distance on the right. The leaves appear to be blowing across the street so an outflow boundary is passing. I would say bad weather is coming. The ghost town look reminds me of the economically depressed small towns who once were thriving 'American Pie' communities. A sad and beautiful picture of the remains of 'Americana'.