Saturday, July 04, 2009

Watercolor Painting - Peeling Paint Update #1

Watercolor Painting Demo - Peeling Paint Well a bit of time has passed since I started this demo as I had to reformat my computer to try to restore my webcam, only to find out that it is a hardware issue, not software so now I need to find my warranty for my computer...awk! I never buy the extended warranty, perhaps I jinxed myself by buying it as I have only had the computer for less than a year...ok enough griping!

So I meant to take a photo earlier but was so happy to be back painting that I forgot. I painted in transferred the drawing and then masked off the whites so I could paint the dark layers of wood beneath the peeling paint without having to worry about saving my whites.

I used several layers of paint, more than I thought I would need, and will continue to add more layers as the painting progresses to give more depth. The bricks were under painted with yellow to give a bit of a glow through the layers I plan to add on top. I am going to make the bricks warmer than in the reference photo to add more contrast & because I like warm bricks :)

The house has been under painted with several layers of a blueish gray painting in some of the darker areas just to keep things balanced. I am still debating on how much detail to add to the windows as I am tempted to add the detail I see within the window panes but will wait to see how the painting progresses as it may be more interesting just to see the play on lights & darks.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Character Buildings from Montreal and Quebec





These are some reference photos I took while on vacation in Montreal and Quebec a few years back. I have most of my paintings completed for my exhibit in March so I have a bit of time to try some other subject matter. There are so many little things I like in each painting that it is a little tough to decide which to try first. Of course, there are also things I don't like that I will need to edit out and add in so it should be interesting. I love all the texture in the window with the paint peeling off and I love the lighting on the two windows and the little scroll trim above...aha what a dilema ;)

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