Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Uptown Mt. Lebanon"

One more in my Mt. Lebanon series...

10" x 8", ink & watercolor on 140 lb. Canson Montval paper

This view of "Uptown" shows Mt. Lebanon's bustling central business district, with shops, traffic, pedestrians, and people sitting at outdoor cafes.

As usual, I did my layout first in pencil, then inked the drawing and began adding watercolor. I painted the cloudy sky and the light washes on the streets and sidewalks using a wet-in-wet technique, then I began painting the buildings, applying my initial washes of pale tans, golds, and greys. 

I gradually layered on darker tones, building up the color until it was time to add the darkest darks.

That's what really makes a scene pop. You have to have the nerve to add those darks to make the contrasting lights look sunlit.

The curvy border echoes the tones of the cityscape and makes a colorful frame around the sketch.

Check back tomorrow to see another cityscape. But this one has something big, red and shiny in the foreground! (Hmmmm, whatever could it be...................?)

1 comment:

  1. Love all the paintings you completed on the paint out. You did quite a variety of subjects. Nice!!!


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