Steps To The Victorian House Watercolor Painting

My Urban Sketchers Workshop just met for the third time and I am really impressed with the enthusiasm and the improvement shown by the members. After one of my earlier demonstrations and working with the students individually, I sat in the shade and painted this little watercolor. I’ve been preaching that there are subjects everywhere so I chose this subject to make that point. I enjoy including things that overlap the foreground, middle ground and background, like this tree trunk, because they add depth to a painting. The cast shadows across the steps and sidewalk create a sense of sunlight and the interesting fence is characteristic of the neighborhood. I love these days when I get to

Afternoon Sunlight On The Mercantile Watercolor Painting

My Urban Sketchers Workshop met for the second time and the weather was 10 degrees cooler than last Sunday. The sunlight was beautiful again and this painting shows the afternoon light on this wonderful old victorian building. It reminded me of one of my favorite quotes “Don’t just paint the subject, paint the sunlight on the subject.” I liked the way the dark leaves at the top and the shadows on the sidewalk really helped frame the doorway and the awning. I love to include color in the shadow shapes and here I added some violet to the blue shadows on the sidewalk and warm earth tones in the shadows cast by the building. The workshop is going well and not only is everyone’s work improvin

Denver Victorian Watercolor Painting

Yesterday we had the first meeting of my Urban Sketchers Workshop and I did this painting in preparation for the class. We painted at a beautiful green belt in Denver that is lined with wonderful old victorians and we beat the heat by staying in the shade all day. I emphasized painting small so that each artist could finish 3 or 4 sketches and this painting is 5X7 inches. We talked about choosing what we considered most important and simplifying everything else and in this sketch I painted the second house as a simple dark shape so that the first victorian dominated the composition. Along with the watercolor, I used pencil and pen and ink and the dark reflections on the windows were adde

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