In my painting, I used many perspective strategies in order to create an illusion of a three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface. I did this so my painting would have depth and look realistic. A specific perspective strategy that I used in my painting was linear perspective.This is when objects that are similar in size appear less large at a distance. In my painting, you can see the buildings become smaller as the distance between the buildings and the viewer becomes larger. The buildings have multiple vanishing points, which have relation to the horizon line to give the painting depth. In paintings, I have always had trouble with perspective and being able to show depth correctly. After learning this trick, I think that I was able to achieve the illusion of depth within my painting. Another perspective strategy I learned was atmospheric perspective. In my painting, as the objects become farther away from the viewer, the weaker their contrast becomes. As you get farther back into the painting, the common temperature color turns into a more cooler tone of blue and colors become more faded. This allows depth to show through. It gives the illusion of things becoming less detailed as you go farther back into the painting showing perspective. The cooler tones showed the effects of the atmosphere on the buildings and water in my painting. Another perspective strategy I used was the usage of a foreground, middle ground, and background. This perspective strategy allowed my painting to show depth. My foreground was the larger buildings in the front, my middle ground was the water that faded into the background, which was the smaller buildings and the bridge. One more perspective strategy I used in my painting was a lot of light, reflections and shadow to show depth to make the painting appear more realistic. An example of reflection shown in the painting would be in the water you can see the reflection of the buildings colors. Under the bridge you can see the usage or shadow, to make the bridge look more realistic. In the buildings and water you can see an abundance of light usage, to bring life to the painting.
I faced many challenges when creating this painting. This includes creating and mixing the correct colors, usage of time, correct usage of brushes and the creating of prospective. When I was mixing colors for dark brown and lighter brown, I had trouble figuring out how much of each primary color I needed to get the color I wanted. It took multiple tries until I finally got what I wanted. When I paint, I tend to spend a lot of time on the little details. Since I had a due date for the painting, I had to make sure I used my time wisely, so I would be able to turn in the painting on time. When using brushes, I started using larger brushes for smaller details, which of course was not a smart idea. I had to start over and recreate the details with a smaller brush, and it turned out much better. The last problem I had was creating perspective in my painting. It took many perspective strategies as explained above to achieve perspective within my painting. Next time I am focused on a painting that involves perspective, some things I might do differently would be mixing paints before I start, so I do not have to after I start. One more thing that I might do differently would be to use the correct brush size when painting smaller details.