St. Ann’s at Hopkins Square


Intrepid roving watercolorists painting St. Ann’s Church at Hopkins Square on a windy day in Providence last Thursday.

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Passenger side

  Long traffic light, interesting church. I opened the glove compartment box to find a ball point pen and this little book that Katy gave me to keep there. Satisfying to have because it seems for the past two weeks on vacation that I do find moments to sketch but nothing to sketch with, and when I have materials I do not have any time.  Thanks Katy!

Ladd Observatory watercolor class notes

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We began by finding the proportions of the structure (green box) and a plumb line (blue).  From there we found curves that described the form from our perspective (red).  We built an armature with that information and fit the details onto it.


Above I have desaturated the image and increased the contrast to show the value structure underlying the color.


Color swatches



WaterFire, Providence, RI, I was struck by how peaceful it was, when I walked through there was cello music being piped along the river.  Sketched it this morning, in the tiny sketchbook, it is a version of “sketch it first, paint it later” except this time it was “think it first, paint it later”.