Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Bay View on Hyde St, San Francisco

Bay View on Hyde Street
original oil painting 14x11
Viewpoints Gallery

Hyde Street has stunning views of the San Francisco bay, Alcatraz and Angel Island. I took a reference photo while I was plein air painting on Hyde Street in San Francisco, which I turned into a painting in my studio.   

I chose this composition because I liked the two cable cars crossing paths on Hyde Street. Also, the dark cast shadow on the tree on the right contrasts nicely with the rest of the bright, colorful painting.  A cast shadow is a darker shadow, created by another object blocking the light- in this case, a building out of the picture frame on the right.