I've been touring the northern European country of Latvia for the past few days. Latvia is a beautiful and intriguing destination just across the Baltic Sea from Sweden, just south of Estonia and north of Lithuania. Okay, I've been traveling virtually using Google Earth, but I think the satellite and street views are a great way to explore the place. My purpose was to find a location to use a resource for The Virtual Paintout.
"Bus Stop at St. Geory's by Eileen Black 8x10 watercolor
After "wandering around" through the country I settled on the bus stop in front of the colorful St. Geory Orthodox Church in the city of Bauska. The church was constructed in 1881 and designed by the Latvian architect J.F. Baumanis. It is currently in the process of being restored. One of the photos available on the site shows the tower on the right surrounded in scaffolding. Information provided says it is open during services.
I've found this a great way to learn about the world and sharpen my painting skills at the same time. I'm hoping my painting will soon be accepted and will appear on the Virtual Paintout blog for the month of June.
(update: it's there!)
I found reference to the Virtual Painting while reading The Art of Urban Sketching by Gabriel Campanario.
I got it to help inspire me to go out and do some sketching. The book doesn't tell how to sketch on location as much as it just shows sketches done by artists from places all over the world. Not a real page turner--kind of like having someone show all their photos from their vacation--but still fun in small doses.