The March location for the Virtual Paintout is Vilnius, Lithuania. It was rainy or overcast over much of Vilnius when the Google Street View car came through so when I finally spotted this building with dappled sunlight and the twin tree, I decided that would be my subject. I toned my panel with Cad Red Dark, just for fun. Here’s a progress shot (below) showing the red background I started with. I didn’t wait for the red to dry, since that takes days here, but just went at it with thicker paint from the beginning. I liked the effect of the red under tone on the finished painting.

vilniusWIP This painting will be available soon in my Daily Paintworks gallery.

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27 thoughts on “Vilnius

  1. Faye

    Melisa, the shadows on the building are striking. This is such a beautiful painting. Thanks for showing how you did it.

    1. admin Post author

      Oh, have they changed it? I’ll definitely check it out when I get the chance. I hope to be back at Sunday Sketches soon, too. My weekends have been a bit crazy so far this year.

  2. Tracey Fletcher King

    Using a toned background always freaks me out,m but you have handled it beautifully… I have been trying to work in acrylics all week but just too hot still… or that is my excuse I just like my water colours better I think… maybe if I could paint like this I would feel differently…xx

  3. Gina Sismilich

    I love the visual texture and the toned background is wonderful – it’s a brave thing to put down that red and then continue working to tone it down. What a beautiful painting


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