Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Gamble House Part 2

Here are the next steps of the Gamble House painting. I loosely sketched the scene
on 14" x 20" 140# Fabriano Cold Press watercolor paper using a Sanford Uniball Micro pen. I included the dramatic shadows cast by the roof overhang and the tree. This pen lines bled a little when I added the initial wash of color, but I liked the texture that created.

I started in the sky, working wet on dry, using a variety of blues: Cerulean, Ultramarine, Cobalt Turquoise, and Cobalt. I then blocked out the big shapes: shadows, walls, foreground, driveway and background trees, letting the colors wash around and mix together, and leaving little bits of white paper to help create a glow of light. I finished the session by laying in a wash along the front of the house suggesting the steps and planters.

This evening's work did not take long as I had already planned the painting and done a preliminary sketch the night before.