Cityscape process from today’s watercolor class.
Playing around with ideas for snow. 8″x8″, watercolor on aqua board.
Thinking through some ideas about process.
City view from the first floor of the Providence Mall. 8″x10″, watercolor and pen on aqua board panel.
5″x5″ in a lightweight soft sketchbook (moleskine cahier).
This morning I scoped out our cityscape location for friday’s class. There was an exercise class meeting in the same space/time. I was delighted by how helpful the instructor’s advice was to my own endeavor:
“Practice makes progress. You’re stronger than you think. Keep breathing. Geronimo.” Indeed.
The painting is available on etsy.
My process for this sketch
- Loose sketch in pencil to give myself a chance to feel through some of the shapes
- Began the painting with paint
- Focal point was the clump of yellow trees
- Made marks for the lightest bits: yellow and orange
- Tried to keep things very small indeed!
- This panel was not designed for watercolor, dried slowly, beaded up.
- Moved around the composition to let the paint dry
- Used white to mix neutrals
- Deepened the darks
- Added the burgundy pen, tried to keep a very light hand
I drew this yesterday, from my car, looking up the street as I waited for my running buddy in the pre-dawn. (She is not a morning person, which makes her efforts heroic, unfathomable to me. I pop out of bed in the morning, its the other side of the day that I find daunting: if I had my druthers I’d be in my pajamas at 4 pm.) This sketch is on the back of an expired auto insurance policy from the glove box which reminds me that I need to equip it with a sketchbook, Katy gave me one last year for just this purpose, the sketchbooks seem to find each other, a nest of several in the same spot rather than sprinkled in pockets and drawers.