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Hello! I am a fine arts painter, with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My primary painting medium is oil and alkyd, and mostly I work in a representational style. My greatest challenge as a painter is to capture the effect of light; and my greatest joy as a painter is to accomplish that. Many thanks to those readers who have been following this blog since Day 1 (May 19, 2008). To those who are visiting for the first time today...Welcome, and thanks for dropping by!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Virtual Paintout: Corisca

"Le Fondago" 2010
Original oil, alkyd on gessoed panel
Size: Approx 10.5 x 10"

Site: Place Bonaparte, Rue Fred Scamaroni, Bonifacio, Corisca
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While web surfing one evening, I came across a site called "Virtual Paintout." Artist Bill Guffey came up with the idea to use Google street maps as a way for artists to paint "on location" anywhere in the world.

Each month Guffey selects a country or city, and artists Google that country and select a site to paint. Once the artwork is completed and emailed to Guffey, he posts the images on his Virtual Paintout blog. Artists of every level of experience can join in.

For January, Guffey chose Corisca. It was fun to zoom around Corsica and see the countryside, the coastline, and various towns; and I spent hours doing so! I finally selected this street scene, mostly because I liked the light coming down the street, that red sign in the foreground, and the name "Le Fondago." (Does anyone know the meaning or translation of "Le Fondago"? I'd like to know.)

It's interesting to note that there are no people on location as one Googles around...especially odd for a city view. Still, I enjoyed the armchair travel and virtual inspiration delivered by Google to my computer screen.

I'm looking forward to seeing which location Guffey chooses for February. It's quite amazing to see what artists pick to paint and how they translate a Google image into an artwork. I think I'll try it again myself!

Thanks for taking a look. See you next time.
Text and image ©2010 Carol Adamec. All rights reserved.

1 comment:

thoraguinn said...

That is really an interesting way to paint and your painting turned out very well. I'll have to think about whether I can do that. I wonder about keeping Google in place long enough or do you print out the area you are interested in? Thora