After a few days I came across a photo that showed a subway cart in front of the New York skyline. I found the image had a striking composition with great lines. It inspired me to work on this scene.
I wanted to use abstract the subway cart, and first worked on the composing the image, a and how to use the lines to create dynamics. I then went on to do several colour and texture studies. I experimented with several materials, including ink, acrylics, aquarell colours, and brush pens. I also played with the idea of creating a collage, so I worked with different materials like transparent paper and aluminium foil to see how the paint would behave on this texture.
I decided for a mixed media approach, and created the city skyline backdrop using aquarell colours, and then adding the subway cart using aluminum foil and paper that I would paint. After I had finished the backdrop, I tried out different materials but found that the aluminum foil works best to make the subway cart stand out from the background. I wanted to convey a contrast from the plain city and put focus on the subway cart. I used yellow highlights to emphasize that the cart is something new, contrasting the blue colours.
I found this exercise more diffucult than I initally expected, and took quite a long time from reading the text for the first time to finding ideas that I was happy with to the final piece.