This month’s wetcanvas challenge. Just about managed not to screw it up. Great fun to do though I need to work on my water skills.
I’ve been wrestling with this view of the Zakim bridge from Boston Naval Yard for a while. It has a lot of contrast and my first try I overdid the value range completely. So after finishing the heron this morning I thought I’d just do a quick freehand value sketch with no prior drawing and see how it came out. I think I might finally be onto something. Going in with the mid values first, then the darks and then the lighter values helped enormously to tie this together. Let’s see how it turns out with a full size attempt.
More small sketches to day. I started doing a very quick bird value sketch but it quickly turned into something more so I left it at the sketch stage. I risked a background in which I don’t usually do but the risk paid off.
The second one was fun to do. The colors are so glorious and the dark foliage of the trees lends itself to loose brushwork. I made a dog’s breakfast of the sky but it has a certain charm nonetheless.
(Edit: A facebook friend tells me this looks like the Mackinac bridge in Michigan. I have to agree)
Two versions of the March wetcanvas watercolor challenge. And boy was it a challenge. One step forward and then two back.
No real reason for this one – it just took my fancy. Fun and came out well.