Paris - Virtual Paintout #4 - May 2009

Anthony Sell
Jardin du Carrousel - Paris, France

Beckie Saar Leone
2 Quai Voltaire
Sennelier Art Company, Paris
9" x 12" x 1.5", acrylic on stretched canvas

Lori Forester
watercolour pencil

Gail Kirkham
Quai d' Anjou

Sascha Karschner
Location: "Pont du Garigliano, Paris, France"
Size: 8.2 x 11.8
Technique: oil on masonite

Al Woodford
Boulevard de la Chapelle
9 x 12 inches, watercolor and ink

Wendy Manning
Rue de la Bonne, Paris
2 1/2 x 3 1/2, oil pastel

William Cook
Pont de la Tournelle, Paris

Cathie Tonkins
A tavern “La Bonne Franquette” in the Montmartre district.

Kathleen Harrington
Carousel near the Eiffel Tower on the Avenue du New York
2.5" x 3.5"

Tour Eiffel
oil on raymar

"Fleurs" 9"x12" painting of 4 Rue d'Aguesseau.

Robert Bissett
9 x 12". acrylic on canvas

Olga Prudnikova
View from Ponte Notre Dame in Paris.
Ink pen and colored pencil on craft paper.

Sara Winters
Rue De Faubourg Brasserie
11" x 14"
oil on canvas

Mark W. Malone
View from Pont Neuf, Paris
8 x 10, oil on canvas

Pat Reese
Paris Flower Shop

Bill Guffey
Nicolas and the Three Balustrades
20" x 24", oil on linen

Susan Cox
Bicycling in Paris 8"x 8"

Susan Cox
Rue des Archives 8"x 6" oil

Susan Cox
Springtime Canopy in Paris 8"x 8"

Our fourth paintout is Paris, France.
Ooo La La...

Open for participation from
May 1st till May 31st.

View Larger Map

You'll find an interactive map of Paris, France above, though you can't access the little yellow man from that map. So use the link below it "View Larger Map", and the map will appear on your monitor; drag the little Yellow Man onto the map, step into Paris, and start exploring. Find an interesting subject/area. Change it all you want. Or paint it straight up as you see it. Instructions are in the sidebar to the right. Any questions, ask 'em in the comments or email me directly.

Especially nice this month is the realization that Google has seen the potential in this challenge/blog/idea, whatever you wish to call it, and has given their okay for artists to use Street View as a reference for paintings that can then be sold without fear of copyright infringement.

Thank you to the Google Maps Team, the Google Street View Team, and all those involved. And thank you, artists, for participating.



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Bill Guffey said...

Hi Sascha. Welcome to the Virtual Paintout. I see you found the instructions on the right side of the blog. You could have left your comment, that's perfectly okay. Any questions you have you can either ask here, or email me.

Hope you enjoy Paris!


Lori Forester said...

Hi Bill,
Thanks so much for chosing Paris!!!! I haven't joined in with this group before but I'm hoping to this month. Paris! Wow!!!!

Johnnyburn said...

Do we get to see the reference images as well for these submissions?

I think that this is a great idea, but for viewers these look like "regular" compositions -- without the reference images, you can't tell that these works are enabled by cool, new information technology.


Bill Guffey said...

Hi Lori. Welcome.

Bill Guffey said...

Hi John. I have no plans to include the ref pics here, but I do encourage everyone that participates and has a blog or website to do so on their respective sites.

It is very easy... When looking at the reference in Street View, you can click the "Link" button top right, and then customize the size of the screenshot, copy the HTML, and paste into your blog. Done. It works the same as the small map I have at the bottom of this month's post.

I just don't have the time to do this for each individual post here. The site has gotten a lot more traffic recently and I hope we get a lot of folks participating this month, and in the months to come.

If you do post the ref on your blog or website, make sure attribution is given to Google for the ref. The easiest way is to embed the screenshot as I explained above. That way the copyright and logo are always visible. Unlike if you take a screenshot and crop it.

Google has been kind enough to give artists the ability to use Street View and sell their works. So I think it only fair to abide by their wishes (and the copyright law) to give them attribution on their images.

Deborah Ross said...

This looks like the most fun I've had in a long time, especially to paint Paris! Thanks for letting us know about Google street view. Wow, this opens up lots of opportunities.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! And from such an top-notch painter.
I've used street view for house hunting but stopped there.
The possibilities you open up are endless but somewhat overwhelming.
I'll try, and thanks so much

Bill Guffey said...

Hi Deborah. Welcome. Hope you have fun painting Paris!

Bill Guffey said...

Hi Margery. Hope you get the chance to join us. By the way, your work is beautiful.

DW Quilt Art said...

Oh I am really enjoying seeing these works come to life...beautiful! I am not a painter but I hope to do something before the month is out, as j'aime Paris!

Pat said...

I love coming back to see where everyone went and how they painted. This is so much fun. I am now working on a corner café just for fun.

Alina Chau said...

Lovely paintings!! NEAt idea!

Anonymous said...

This is just the coolest thing! Thank you so much for starting this and especially for getting the facts on using google for this. Finally a corporate do-gooder. shhhh! don't say that too loud.

Sascha Karschner said...

Great variety of styles and techniques ... pen and ink, oil, watercolours ... cant wait for the next months location.

Regina Calton Burchett said...

I didn't have a chance to participate in May, but loved looking at the variety of mediums and styles, and the different scenes!!