Tuesday, August 19, 2008

St. Paul's

Well we are back home from our BC vacation. It was a good unwind. The last few days were incredibly hot so not a lot of painting or crafts. We spent most of our time on the beach or in the lake.

Today I attempted some daily practice. I chose this photo that my hubby took of St. Paul's Cathedral. I liked the angle.

I have all these wonderful photos from places my husband has travelled to (work), unfortunately I have never seen them.

I started with a fairly detailed sketch, more than I usually do.

I laid down my first few washes.

Added in more detail and shadows as I went along.

I've just taken Shirley Trevena's book "Taking Risks with Watercolor" out of the library.

It is an incredibly inspiring book. Her style is so different and her color choices are breathtaking. I was trying to keep her in mind while I painted but its going to take a while. (...I'm maybe a little loose and undefined on the bottom...) anyhow it is a wonderful book and I'll probably review it over and over in the next 3 weeks.

Well here is where I called it quits. It was hard to keep my lines and the statue messes up the corner a bit. If I was taking more risks I could have made all my lines a bit wonky.

I'll keep at it.

see you later

1 comment:

  1. That is so beautiful. I envy you, being an artist. I would love to be able to paint but I can't draw a round circle. Thanks for dropping by my blog!