Did You Miss Me? Golden Gate Bridge Painting Update

Over Valentines weekend I was pretty busy, and I never got to my Saturday six-minute sketch, or my Sunday Skies, then on Monday I was spending time with my wonderful little granddaughter, so I didn’t do my Monday Muse.

Hopefully, you all had your own busy weekend and didn’t miss me… or hopefully you did miss me?  I don’t know which of those two things I should hope for!

Well, I figured I would update my readers on the progress of my Golden Gate Bridge painting.  I worked on it today, adjusting the colors and tones on the Golden Gate Bridge itself, adding some reflections in the San Francisco Bay, and some street lights.  The painting is almost done at this point.  I need to add in a little more greenery on the closest side of the bay, and then I have to decide whether or not to add in the Science Fiction element I hinted about earlier.  I can’t quite make up my mind.  I think it makes a nice landscape painting as it is now, but I wonder if adding a little pop culture element to it might improve it a little.

Okay, as it stands now, it is a “serious” painting.  A nice San Francisco Bay painting.  With the sun setting out at sea, and the Golden Gate bridge standing tall against a dramatic sky.  Here it is:

Painting of San Francisco Bay
Golden Gate Bridge painting by V.J. Maheu,

If I add in a little touch of science fiction pop culture, it won’t be viewed as “serious” art anymore, but I like the show I’d be alluding to a lot, and the painting just might sell better with that little bit of “fun” added.

So, what do you think? Should I add a blue police box floating in the sky or not? Warning, your answer may identify you as a fellow Whovian.

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11 Responses to Did You Miss Me? Golden Gate Bridge Painting Update

  1. I think you should leave it like it is.

  2. I really love it the way it is. I really like how the bridge looks so lite up. You do some really great work.

    • Thank you Robin! I am wishing I could do it both ways, one like it is, and one with the box, only without having to do all the painting again!

      I actually might be able to, only it would only be the prints available both ways. I could finish it up as is, get the print image taken, and then copy the digital file, and digitally add the Tardis to the copy, offer it both ways as prints, but the original as is… that might be an idea.

  3. Your painting is beautiful!! If you aim to sell, I think the blue box might be a good way to go….gives it something a little extra 🙂

    • Thanks Ashley, I was thinking thesame thing, I have lots of “serious” landscapes that sit and sit and don’t sell. People admire them, talk about how they like them, and then move on to the next artist who is selling whimsical owls or something like that. I was thinking that putting in a TARDIS would give it instant appeal to Whovians.

      I actually might be able to do both though. I mean, only be the prints available both ways. I could finish it up as is, get the print image taken, and then copy the digital file, and either digitally add the Tardis or add the tardis to the actual painting and take another image for prints. Offer it both ways as prints, but I would still need to decide which way to do the original. With the Tardis or without the Tardis.

  4. What if you added a Tardis, but very small, worked into the scenery so it wouldn’t be immediately noticeable? It would be a nice surprise if people look closely. Like how in Bruegel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, you have to search to find Icarus in the painting.

  5. You could have the Tardis landing on the bridge? That would really stop the traffic! Jo x

  6. woohoo! so great to see san fran! lovely paintings! =)

  7. Thank you Kylie! This was just playing, relaly I got the windows and roof all wrong, but it was fun! I’ll have to make a more accurate stamp maybe actually out of proper soft-cut block print material! Say, there’s an idea, LOL