Friday, July 07, 2006

Illustration Friday: Skyline


My submission for Illustration Friday's "Skyline" is a custom painting that is titled "Seattle Skyline". I did this 2' x 4' dimensional resined painting for Steve and Nancy Ross who live on Bainbridge Island. They came to one of my Seattle shows and commissioned this painting to feature their boat. It is the boat in the center. They asked me to do the view of Seattle from Lake Washington. They also asked if I could construct and add some houseboats including the one that was featured in Sleepless in Seattle (far right). I apologize for this not being closeup so you can see all the amazing details but I sold this long ago, it's on 4"x5" film, my buddy scanned the film and this is what I got. It is not easy to photograph these resined paintings because of all the shine.Most of the skyline buildings and houseboats are individually crafted buildings made from wood and foam and I layered them. All of the sky, water , boats, some background buildings and the Space Needle are painted on masonite and the wood frame. This painting was another highlight in my career as it was large, very detailed and extremely challenging. Please click on image to see a larger view
Seattle Skyline copyright 1993

56 comments:

frank h said...

a great work, valerie!
the strange perspectives of the buildings give life to all the image
the degradé of the sky is beautiful

I liked a lot!

Geninne said...

Val, I'm honored to be the first one posting n how beautiful that skyline is! That couple must have been so happy with their painting! ...I'm also honored to be next to you on the IF link Viewr :-)
Such great company!

Janet said...

I knew you would have something wonderful for this topic!You're right...I do wish I could view it larger and see all of your great detail!

Jeannine said...

Wonderful! I love the beautiful, vivid colors. :)

Tatiana said...

This is great! I love the movement in the building.

Chad Baldwin said...

I love the colors on in this piece!! It really pops!

doodlestreet said...

THat brings back memories. I grew up in seattle until I was 12. I have a pal who has a houseboat which is just down the way from the one in the Movie. Very cool...

Diane Duda said...

spectacular!

claudine hellmuth said...

wonderful! the buildings have such personality!

Queen Tut said...

I am drawn in by the wonderful yellow lights!

gudbrandsdottir said...

Wow Val, I think this one is my favorite of your work so far. Great work!!!

aynaku said...

it really looks a great work...I wonder on its dimensions, I fancy it is big... once I portrayed a "seawolf" and the chap sticks it on his cabin, eh eh!

Amy Zaleski said...

I can tell this is a really amazing piece, just wish I could see the details. I've never been to Seattle...you make it look like a magical place!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

very nice; it looks very friendly and inviting.

fiftyfootgirl said...

Lovely!
I came to your site through your comment linked on mine- I can see we share a similar romantic idea of the nightime city skyline!

Best wishes from the other coast...

Maria Eugenia said...

would love to see the original, great technique , very romantic!

merlinprincesse said...

Like Maria, I would love to see the original! :) This is great! :)

georg said...

I think it is a beautiful image with nice buildings, sea and lovely colours - but I don't know, because I can't see much at your tiny image.

Please - could we see it a bit larger - oh yes, please??

Andrea said...

Wow! It looks very detailed. Great job! I am going to try a skyline now, but I doubt it will be done within a week. Inspiration is everywhere!

kj said...

wow wow wow wow wow wow wow

kj

Majeak Ann said...

a beauty, oh my..beautiful..more beautuful!!

cream said...

Lovely! I love it, Val!
You ARE a genius!

String said...

Lovely, gosh I used to live somewhere in that skyline, right by the lake too!

carla said...

Wow, Val...this is way cool! I can imagine how much time and attention went into this, and it looks gorgeous. They must really enjoy looking at it. Wonderful work:>

Kayleen Stewart said...

Looks great. wish the image was a little clearer so we could enjoy it a bit more

cristosova said...

Wow, that looks just amazing! Its really too bad you don´t have a close-up, but one gets the overall impression. Fascinating!

Teri C said...

It is beautiful Val!! You have some very lucky friends.

Liz Jones said...

OOH! Aah!!!I love this-- I think this is one of my favoritesof yours,Val.Lucky friends!

michael dailey said...

this is sooo good the look, the feel colors ,the timing lol since its not misting, drizzling, or raining in the pic lol u must have caught it on a good day

Edric Hsu said...

Very nice piece of work! I love the 3D effect especially! :D

Ginger*:)* said...

I have been to Seattle twice only, and loved the city and the islands beyond. How fortunate the Rosses are to live on fabulous Bainbridge Island. Another favorite is Vashon Island. Your painting is glorious! What lucky people they are that actually own the original.

Brandi said...

Yes, beautiful and VERY detailed. I cant even imagine how much time this one took you! Wonderful work! Brandi

The Tart said...

Very very romantic! No matter how small the effect is great & it is so U. ; ) Hmmm, must get my man & head out into the twilight of this marvelous night!

SMooch,
The Tart
; )

Alina Chau said...

WOW !! WOW!! Beautiful!! Magical!

tiffinix said...

Wow! Gorgeous - I love how the frame is worked into the piece! The way your grouped the buildings together is just so wonderful!

vicci said...

Val...I love the skyline!!!!!!! It's beautiful! I just got back from a trip into the wilderness...check it out! Did you make the lemonade!???

Princess Pepper Cloud said...

everything is so alive! who needs people!

Christy Beckwith said...

Your art is always so wonderful.

andrea said...

Nice work, Val. I love the unique way you've extended the painting onto the frame.

Jessica Wong said...

I can see so much details in it! Your work is always amazing. By the way how many calendars have you created so far?

lil kim said...

beautiful! it really glows. wish we could see it bigger :-(

kidz illustrator said...

Wha fun! I so enjoy your suburban houses, now I get to see a cityscape,

ValGalArt said...

Hi Jessica, Thanks for asking! I have done 5 years worth of art and 4 years were published.

Shano said...

SEATTLE?! Seattle, really? My residing home! (Well, almost. Next major city) This is so FABULOUS!! I lurve it immensely!! You are incredibly awesome. Do you hear that a lot?

merlyna said...

as always, Val, you rock!
this particular work is superb! love the composition, color play, and the details!

love it much!

Toni said...

Hey Val, you have the coolest art work. This one is no exception. Your layered pieces are awesome and I know if I saw one in person I would be staring at it for a long time finding the little details.
Will you be doing a calendar for 2007? If so i want one.

melanienyc said...

very pretty!

smoen said...

awesome, I love the buildings and how the add a persona to the piece!

marc said...

Hi Val,
Very pretty view on the city !
The buildings dance on the skyline...
It's the festival!
Good night

benconservato said...

I am sure they were very pleased with their painting, it is very beautiful, and I am sure it was worth the challenge. You sound like it was a very good experience for you.

Gabrielle said...

What a little jewell! I wish I could hold it and look at it "in the flesh" The colours remind me of Limbourg brothers' Tres Riches Heures

haze mcelhenny said...

oh! this is stunning. gorgeous color and detail.

scribblesk said...

What a spectacular panarama! So lively and amazing!

TXArtcGal said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! I'm sure the owners love their painting...I know I love it! The blue is amazing!!...as are the other colors!! Your talents definitely shine through this piece!

Natura said...

Beautiful work, you can feel the delicate atmosphere with those warm lights.

miriam said...

That is super cool! I love those buildings. I'm fond of painting buildings in fun sort of abstract leaning way myself...but those really have some "polish" to them. I think I might have to try this illustration friday thing...looks like fun. I got so caught up in this past weeks inspiremethursday thing I completely forgot about illustration friday! :) There's a lot of these sites, huh? But they let me see all of this great art like yours!