Thursday, February 15, 2007

Farmer's Market, Chinatown


'Farmer's Market, Chinatown'.........16x20"...........oil on panel
As I made my way back home from Chinatown one sunny afternoon, I drove by a parking lot bustling with sprightly shoppers.
Off in the distance, canopies aglow with light were set up to provide shade for the vendors.
The combination of rich color, shimmering light and the figures bestowed the right atmosphere of gaiety and vivacity which impelled me to paint this scene.

26 comments:

Cooper Dragonette said...

Great one Jennifer! The palm, truck, and umbrellas are dynamic against the muted colors of the architecture and sky. And the figure in the foreground and the birds pull your eye into the distance. Very strong piece.

andrew said...

Great piece Jennifer!! I really like the composition. It is balanced and the eye is led along the row of umbrellas from left to right drawing you back into the scene. I'd trade weather conditions with you anytime... Toronto Canada is too cold to paint outdoors at the moment.

Cheers.. Andrew

W. K. Moore said...

Jennifer.. you are a cool painter.. the birds, the alley, the people milling about. ah the feel of the warm ambience. I am swimming in colors - I'm deep inside the L.A. Chinatown marshmallow..... I want Peking duck! Another masterwork!

Robin Weiss said...

This is a feel good painting. Even though your using cool colors theres a very warm festival feel to it. Like my friend Tanner used to say... I can look at this painting for quite a long while.

Nice one Jennifer!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Cooper!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Andrew,
The lead-in using the umbrellas was not intentional, however it might have been instinctual (thanks for noticing that by the way)
I must admit at times I take this California weather for granted; I keep forgetting how cold it gets in Canada. brrrrrrrr.....

Cheers to you :-)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Bill,

hmmmmmm...Peking duck sounds good right about now!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you kindly Robin,
I appreciate your comment. :-)

W. K. Moore said...

Naughty... up late... the computer summons....

kee said...
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kee said...

I was in downtown today and I saw those blues. You've capture the air of downtown.
Very cool Jennifer.
PS. Wrong spelling compelled me to delete the previous post.

paintrly1 said...

Love the figure in the foreground! And the umbrellas are perfect for a focalpoint. Nice!

ron said...

You make me want to be a better painter, Jennifer.

Valentina said...

Hi, Jennifer.
I was looking at all Art Web-Sites and I stopped at your blog. Your style is really familiar to me and it`s very unusual at the same time.

Could you please look at my works, sometime!?
Here is my Blogger... (Link)

W. K. Moore said...

You make me want to embrace my inner artist.... still in the L.A. mashmallow!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Kee,

smog can work wonders sometimes... ;-)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Joy!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Ron,

Funny how I feel the same way about your work.....
I would love to achieve the masterly level of impeccability that you do with your watercolors!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting Valentina...
and I will have a look at your blog (thanks for the link)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Bill, you have a marshmallow fetish ;-)
......Moore needs smores.

René said...

Héé where is the W.I.P. ?!

What a glow this painting has,
That building just above the car
is almost transparent. Im still wonder how you do it. Such size,
such strong colors, strokes and yet sooo fresh. Unbelievable.

Michael Pieczonka said...

Jennifer.. WOW! That is a very nice one you've pulled off! I can't believe the depth you get in your work.. truly inspiring. I love the figure and the umbrellas behind... the glancing light is a great touch too.

cheers Mike

Jennifer McChristian said...

Hi Rene,

Thank you for the compliments :-)
By the way, I did start on a W.I.P and didn't like it, so I will do another one and post it soon.....I promise.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Merci beaucoup Michael!

Stefan Nuetzel said...

Another stunning piece, Jennifer. Lots of things had been already written here about this paining that I agree with. Your sense of color is wonderful and also the figure in the foreground looks very natural, like the whole. Grrrreat!!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you Stefan,

I appreciate your warm and generous comments!