|5 1/2" x 8 1/2", drawn with a black superfine Pitt pen|
I may decide to paint the bottles at some point, but for now, I'm leaving this one as is.
I stopped one Sunday afternoon in Waynesburg to do my challenge sketch for Day 23. During the week, the traffic roars through our little downtown, with a constant stream of big, noisy trucks, due to the recent boom in gas drilling in our area. But on Sunday afternoon there's only an occasional car, and it was kind of peaceful sitting there in the van. I was able to get a clear view of the old brick buildings and our stately Greek Revival courthouse with the flag flying high.
|5 1/2" x 8 1/2", watercolor with Noodler's Lexington Gray ink|
I did the line drawing with my Noodler's flex pen on location and snapped a picture to paint from later at home. But I was disappointed when I pulled up the photo on my computer. The colors looked so dull and lifeless. I decided to do something a little different - I painted the entire picture using just three primary colors: a red (permanent rose), a yellow (aureolin), and a blue (pthalo). First I laid down a variegated background wash over the entire page, encouraging the colors to mingle and run. After that had dried, I began painting the light, sunlit colors of the distant building with the awnings, then moved into the middle ground and did the courthouse, including old General Greene doffing his hat on top. Finally, the cars, trees, and foreground buildings were painted in, along with a little more pink in the clouds and below the cars.
I was really happy with the way this turned out, and I learned a good lesson from it - not to be so hung up on painting exactly what I see, but to feel free to play and explore and add a touch of "me" to what I'm painting.