Starting to think about the next ‘big’ painting. This is a night view of Marlborough which is going to be challenging to say the least. I’m working up to it with some studies and starting small (3”x5”) with a sketch. This is to work out the value relationships and how the different areas relate to each other. So far so good.
Well the luck had to run out some time and this will remain unfinished and in the reject pile. I was mostly interested in the light on the buildings and wanted to keep the color muted. Neither of those things really worked out. The light doesn’t pop and the color is just drab. I’d like to do the scene justice at some point so it will remain in the to do pile.
Enjoyed this a lot and managed to get some of the light effects I wanted both on the church and the trees. Was a tough one as there’s a lot going on in there.
First (actually second) up in the big ‘painting a day’ series is a Harvard Yard scene. I used to often catch a glimpse of the church through the buildings and always liked the way the light fell. I’ve done a closer view of this but never managed to capture the wider scene. Pretty happy with this one but I don’t think I’ve finished with this view yet.
A couple of intermediate shots:
This painting lark never gets easier. This is a scene I’ve painted before and I thought would be a walk in the park. I was wrong. Very tough.
My usual method now starts with careful color matching. Makes a huge difference in getting the values right.
And here for comparison is my version from 2 years ago.
Today started with a couple of value studies of Venice scenes. Went in first with the mid values and simplified the shapes as much as possible. I was first intending to do the first one as a full painting but in the end plumped for the second one.
It was a trial. I simplified things further by doing the whole thing in grayscale to avoid getting distracted by color and was very glad I did.
First the drawing. Sketchier than I would usually do but took care to keep the verticals and horizontals as they should be.
Next the mid values in large shapes. I was getting a little discouraged at this point. The main buildings weren’t hanging together as well as I’d like and disaster was looming. However, I ploughed on and after the darks and some lighter value detail on the building I grabbed it back from the jaws of defeat.
Not one of my best but not too bad either. A little too sketchy in places but maybe worth another go.
What a fun painting to do! Enjoyed all of this and I had the video cameras going too so it will up on youtube in the near future. A lot of careful color mixing which paid off and some nice splattering and wet iin wet color mixing in the castle walls. Very happy with this.
Here is the first part of the video – the planning, color matching and drawing stages.
And here’s the second part – the actual painting.
Familiarity in uncertain times$400.00
This was done during the zoomathon with the Newton Watercolor Society. Just about got it finished and was very pleased.
I was quite encouraged by yesterday’s effort but wanted to have another go to put in more value contrast and also more color.
Well I managed the value contrast (although the darks in the tower were a bad idea). but failed miserably on the color. Too much to think about at once maybe. I think it’s worth another go though.
Now this was very enjoyable to do. It’s from an old photo of an amusement park in my home town. It may need another couple of tries at it although there’s plenty going on that I like.