Sunday, November 03, 2013

Virtual Paintout 11: Vevie Goes to Peru!

For October Vevie and the Virtual Paintout  gang took off for ... Lima, Peru. Hola!!

First, I visited (via Google Street View) a tourist attraction: Park of the Legends. Beautifully manicured, lovely gardens, trees, flowers, water sculptures. Playgrounds and zoo animals for the kids, and a mini Machu Peechu.  Felt too... touristy.

Second, I visited the downtown city. Huge buildings, streets teeming with cars and people, colorful businesses. Felt too... impersonal.

Third, I traveled to the outskirts, scouting for rural beauty. I almost cried at the poverty. Crumbling husks of homes, barefoot kids, shacks stacked up the mountainsides... where people LIVED. Felt too... heart-breaking.

Lastly, by chance, I traveled up an extremely steep mountain road. Along the way, I passed all three types: touristy spots, businesses, and obvious poverty. Yet this road led them all to the same place: the huge stone cross statue called Cruz del Cerro San Cristobal, a famous landmark in Peru. 

This last location made me smile. We are all the same in our Hearts. We all need hope, love, and meaning in our lives . And to help each other get on up that road. Cuz sometimes it gets steep!

And that's why I was originally going to call this painting "Uphill".

It was a joy to paint this from my heart, and not worry about being judged, or about performing. See... this is a Landscape. A Landscape doesn't "usually" have graphic design added! But after seeing this beautiful country and pictures of their culture and art, I wanted to include design work to represent these creative people. Here then is "Uphill, Peruvian Style."

My Google street view scene (can click on any pics to enlarge):

And the "making of" pics...

I played with color 
schemes in Photoshop:

Sketched in with sepia pencil:

 I enjoy the look of the wrap around image:

 For the values I used yellow ochre
and red oxide:

 Decided to start the design first,
to better gauge the colors needed
for the landscape part:

 Fun toning the canvas with 
pink and orange:

Ultramarine blue and 
cerulean blue added:

 Continuing with color and details,
refining the clouds and road:

 Done! and drying on the easel:

 Design close up:

 Cruz del Cerro San 
Cristobal close up:

 And Vevie won't let 
me get away without
her own close up:

"Uphill, Peruvian Style"
Cruz del Cerro San Cristobal
Lima, Peru
9 x 12 acrylics
on wrapped canvas

Vevie (rhymes with Stevie)
my Virtual Paintout muse

Happy painting,



  1. Oh Retta! you;ve gotta love this one. It's perfect.


    1. Thank you, Anne, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I was so excited to see that you were going with Peru this time around. My grandparents went there once and I could tell that it really left an impression on them. They found it to be a beautiful and amazing place and were certainly touched by the people there.
    Your art that features Vevie is simply wonderful! I love them all!

    1. Hi Jasmine,
      I think Peru would be a fascinating place to visit in person, from what I saw thru Google street view! How fun that your grandparents got to go there. Meeting the people... yeah, that's one thing you can't experience online. I guess it just wets the appetite for the real thing. :-)

  3. You're process is fascinating. I love how you painted the sides and made them part of the piece. Your end piece ended up with so much depth and color. Beautiful!

  4. Hi Mary! Thanks for the comment about the process... I was JUST wondering this time if it was a waste of time to include all of that about the process. So I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it. Thank you. :-)

  5. Anonymous11:59 PM

    Sounds you had a very good time. Your painting looks awesome. The way you explained how you have done the painting is nice.

    1. Thank you, Weekend-Windup, and thanks for visiting.