Saturday, May 24, 2014

Exhibit entry inspired by Vietnam visit

"Fast Food, Vietnam Style"
19" x 14" Watercolor
One of the members of Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society owns a chain of restaurants in the area by the name of Hobee's. Peter introduced healthy food to us long before it became trendy. He is hosting a society exhibition in July at one of the restaurants. Hobee's motto is "Fast, Fresh, and Friendly" and it's the theme of our show, to be loosely interpreted.
I have a lot of wonderful market scenes from my travels in Vietnam. One photo from Hoi An captured my imagination. I like the design element of the conical hats in a diagonal row. So with lots of artistic license and editing, I focused the painting on the three women. I like a painterly approach, so I muted anything I chose to include in the background. I painted the entire piece in the compliments of blue/purple, yellow/orange, with a bit of red in the center of interest.
People in Vietnam believe in fresh food and go to open markets daily. They usually arrive on foot, bicycle, or scooter. Many of the sellers do the same. It's a fascinating scene.


CrimsonLeaves said...

This is just a wonderful and beautiful piece, Mary. I am really enjoying all your art so much. This will be a great entry for that show at the Hobee's.

Helen H Trachy said...

Lovely watercolor Mary! I haven't visited in a while, I have a lot of catching to do. You've been pretty busy and this last trip seem to have a great influence in your work. Happy painting!

PAMO said...

Wow! This is a gorgeous painting. I love the composition and colors. I hope the exhibit goes well.

John Ediger said...

Great composition and wonder picture!!!