Our pretend trip continues! And I continue to learn new watercolor techniques… and crash and burn a few times along the way. For the 4th week of our trip, we focused on “day to day life”, and city scapes.
For our day to day life, we were given a great assortment of doors to paint – kind of a “common man” type door. I was really drawn to a picture of a doorway on a balcony. There were flowers hanging off the wrought-iron balcony that called my name. I used a gazillion colors in this one too… which I happen to think worked well this time.
The picture below shows my journal entry after I made changes suggested by our teacher. I added shadows under the balcony, some shadows on the outer edges of the shutters, and darkened the windows of the doors.
The next project was our city scape. I found a terrific Creative Commons licensed image by Nick Smarto on Flickr. My first attempt did not do his photo justice. I started with a limited palette and instead of sticking with it, I just kept adding more colors… There was also a small building in the lower left of the photo that I liked, but I think it detracts from my painting. And don’t even look at the little Eiffel Tower – it’s crooked! Eeeek!
At this point I was disappointed… there was no “city scape” – only two crooked columns and two sad little buildings in the distance. This was not at all what our goal was for this stop during our pretend trip.
I tried again. Although the columns were crooked in the original photo (looking upward), I decided to straighten them. I also removed the building on the left (Sacre Couer?) and keep the colors to a minimal. In the original photo things looked sepia-ish, so I tried to recreate that by using only WN VanDyke Brown with a touch of French Ultramarine Blue. I added some Burnt Sienna as highlights. All the ink work was done with a brown ultra-fine Sharpie Marker.
I’m much happier with this “city scape” and very glad I tried again.