Landscape – day 7 of 30 paintings in 30 days.


When I consulted the list of subjects for Leslie Saeta’s 30 paintings in 30 days challenge I found I had written ‘trees’.   This seemed a little unambitious so I extrapolated to ‘landscape’.   In hindsight maybe a little too challenging and I’m in two minds about the outcome.    Color is always a problem when I do landscapes but I tried to keep it pretty simple and the greens weren’t too bad.    I’ve certainly done worse – I’ll leave this for a couple of days and see how it matures.

I was good and did a value sketch (a lot of which I proceeded to ignore).

 The initial drawing.  As always hopes are high at this point.


First washes and initial darks mostly wet into wet around the center of interest.  I tried to keep the foreground loose but with not too much contrast so it didn’t detract from the buildings.   Still feeling good.


Further on now – starting to get despondent and not sure how to pull it away from the precipice.


Pretty much done now bar a few line details.


And the final version.   Not too unhappy although I was relieved to put the brush down.


Detail of the buildings – maybe this crop would have been better.   I have a tendency (as do many people) to include far too much in a single painting.


The reference photo which is pretty bland.

3 thoughts on “Landscape – day 7 of 30 paintings in 30 days.

  1. You are busy – SketchingNow and a 30 day painting Challenge! !
    You have transformed the ordinary into a much more appealing landscape.

  2. ell me about it! We had that week off in the SketchingNow course and I was off work so a 30 day painting challenge (thanks to Bobbi Heath for the pointer) seemed to fit the bill. I thought I could get a good head start and a few paintings in the bag for those days where there was no pockets of painting time but I only have 1 in reserve right now. I'm hoping to use some time at the weekend to rush off a few.

  3. As a fellow watercolorist I enjoyed seeing the process as well as the final piece. Very nice!

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