Table Mountain View, Cape Town. Oil on 5x7" panel.

Table Mountain View, Cape Town. Oil on 5x7" panel.

This month’s Virtual Paintout is in Cape Town, South Africa. What a beautiful country! I needed a project I could complete in an hour or two so I chose a simple scene and a small panel to paint on (5×7″).

But I think I spent as much time tooling around South Africa on Google Streetview than I did painting.  And tonight I had such a hard time getting the color right in the photo (the sky in the painting isn’t turquoise, it’s a warmer blue) that I’ve probably spent an equal amount of time trying to fix the photo and get this blog post finished!

So I will let it be. As my boss always says, “…good enough for jazz!” She knows I can be a perfectionist and has taught me that little mantra so that I don’t get stuck finessing one little thing while all the other work stacks up.

Here’s the original photo from Google Streetview:

Cape Town Milner Road, Southern Suburbs

Google Street View: Cape Town Southern Suburbs

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  1. The photo is nice, but your painting adds “life” to it — especially the light in the sky and on the mountain.

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  2. Jana. I like the shapes in the scene you chose. I haven’t done the Virtual Paintout in almost a year, but have been very impressed by the scenes people have been finding and painting in South Africa. Nice job.

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  3. I believe I like your painting better than your inspiration pic! It has more life in it! Thanks for reminding me about the Virtual Paint-Out and Google Street View….I no longer can say I don’t have anything to paint!

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  4. Beautiful painting Jana.

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  5. I like your version better!

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  6. Colours are lovely (here in Cape Town, the colours are richest early in the morning and esp in late afternoon), but may I be pedantic and point out that the pic is of Devil’s Peak, not Table Mountain? They’re part of the same range, but not the same mountain.

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  7. Love your vision of the area. ‘Specially like the colors of the sweeping grasses. I too spend way too much time rambling the countryside in comparison to actually painting.

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