|10" x 7", Ink & watercolor. Ink drawing done with Platinum Carbon desk pen. Handbook Field Watercolor Journal.|
I drew this as we were waiting for the ferry boat to arrive and take us on a scenic tour up the coast. My friends and I were lined up, along with at least fifty other tourists, on a narrow rocky path that wound around the cliff at Manarola harbor. I held my breath every time someone tried to squeeze past me, hoping neither one of us would tumble into the water, especially since I was holding my sketchbook!
I only had time for a quickie ink drawing before the ferry arrived, so I painted the sketch back at home. I started with the sky and the distant hills, then gradually moved into the mid-ground and foreground. For the water, I painted a base wash of light blue (mostly Cobalt & Cerulean), leaving some areas of white for highlights.
After the base wash on the water was dry, I added darker lines with a flat brush to show the movement of the water and the reflections.
|I scraped a few extra highlights with an X-acto blade|
The boulders in the breakwater were painted with a base of warm Yellow Ochre in the sunny areas and a more muted pale gray in the shade. Glazes of medium and dark values added depth and form to the rocks. A touch of spattering was used to indicate texture.
The cliffs were handled in a similar manner, layering washes and adding detailing at the end.
And now for our DECEMBER GIVEAWAY...
Enter to win a set of five American Journey Interlocked Synthetic Brushes (a $38.69 value) plus a handy Cheap Joe's Folding Brush Holder (a $14.69 value) to keep them all in, courtesy of the friendly folks at Cheap Joe's Art Stuff.
These are the same brushes I used on my recent trip to Italy. I have the shorter travel version, and they fit nicely in my travel sketch kit. I really enjoyed painting with them in Tuscany - they hold plenty of water, and they're a little springier than my sable brushes. I like that.
|Travel brush set in my Katsuwa supply case|
To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on one or all of the seven sketches I'll be posting between November 27 and December 3. Yes, you may enter multiple times! The drawing will be held on December 7, 2016.
Each day I'll ask a question that you can answer in the comments, if you like. It's a good way for us to get to know one another. The first question is...
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?