Friday, December 27, 2013

Hotel del Coronado

This is a watercolor of the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. This was a challenging project due to the vast amount of architectural detail in the building. I struggled with the composition until I explored the use of white space and the idea of a partial vignette. 

I tried one final painting on cold press, which failed. This one was done on Arches hot press and I forced myself to use a light touch with the brush. This allowed the painting to breath and suggests a bright summer day with glowing colors. The final painting is 14" x 20".