|10" x 7", watercolor and brown Pigma Micron pen in Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook|
We had passed this scene in Lupia many times in our wanderings, but this time we stopped, got out our stools and supplies, and took twenty minutes to record it in our journals.
I loved peeking at the secret world beyond the old stone archway. The wrought iron gates were open, and I was sorely tempted to walk right in and go exploring, but I stayed on my side of the wall, like the well-behaved tourist that I am, and contented myself with looking at it from afar.
I decided to experiment a bit and only paint the colorful scene that was framed by the arch, since that is the focus of the picture, leaving the dull gray walls and arch unpainted. What do you think? Should I leave it this way or go ahead and paint the surrounding buildings and wall? My impulse is to "finish" it by painting everything, but I'm trying to resist.
I'd like your opinion. Does it look good this way, or would it be improved by adding color to the rest of the picture? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
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