Hahnemuhle 140# half sheet
Step 1. Lay out pens on your paper at the angles you will draw the buildings.
Step 2. Drawn with a very light Tombow on 140# hot press Fabriano 15×20″. Delicious paper. Sometimes I think it would be easier to start these off with a pencil. Then you can erase the inevitable oopseys.
Step 3. Ink it with a .03 permanent fine liner adding a few more details.
Step 4. Watercolor layer. Only four colors used. Ultramarine, cad red dark, burnt sienna or quin sienna and cobalt teal light.
Step 5. Adding more Tombow and darker tombows including black.
Step 6. Adding more details! Using the permanent fine liners. .03 .02 .01 And a bit more Tombows.
Step 7. And last add a bit more watercolor. And a few more splatters. I do love splattering.
That’s a wrap. The last Sunday Funday with Ian Fennelly. Ian’s been a very busy boy during the pandemic offering a ton of classes in Studio56Boutique.com.
Margaret tucked up in bed. Xoxoxo
I am thinking it’s the blue ridge. I love the views from the tops of the mountains with the towns snuggled in the bottom around a lake.
I think this paintings done. Going to sleep on it to be sure.
12×17″ arches 280 cp Cheap Joe’s American Journey paint.
Paint along with Vladislav Yesileyev
I took a class with Vlad Yesileyev on composition today.
Fascinating and educational as usual.
He said composition is THE most important thing in a drawing.
Typically you divide a drawing into thirds vertically and horizontally. And where they cross is your focal point. It’s the place where you should put the greatest contrast in your painting with less detail in the other areas.
MINIMIZE anything not in your focal point. And if you don’t like your value sketch then don’t start painting.
I highly recommend that class. He’s just THE best teacher. Willing to answer any question and stay as late as necessary to help if needed. He explains everything so well leaving no detail unexplained as to why he’s doing what he’s doing. And if you don’t understand he will patiently explain it again.
And he has a GREAT russian accent and a GREAT sensenofnhumor.
First wash. I managed NOT ago sticky my fingers in the sky or blot it. My two fav things to do to mess up My sky wash. Yellow Ochre cobalt alizarin and neutral tint
Finishing first wash using the same colors
Adding trees. I can finally do lacy dry brush trees. Well more or less.
Still using the same colors and some burnt sienna and burnt umber and indigo for the dark greens.
Teacher critique. Too much splatter and pines too Lacey. Oops. Easy fix.
Can I whine but I like splattering. You should see the tv I watch the zoom on. Covered w specks of paint.
and yes he was right. Too much splattering of flowers in the foreground.
The painting so far. Still a lot more to do like add the darks in the sky that I lost. Paint alongs with Vladislav Yesileyev
Cadaques finished. Almost forgot I finished this one.
More tomorrow. One should not deep clean the downstairs before a paint along. Do tomorrow I will clean some more and finish the painting. The finishing shouldn’t too take long. Just darken the sky in places and maybe the street.
Margaret too tired to move. Xoxox
Nothing better than walking by the Seine in Paris passing the barges under the fabulous bridges, Pont Alexander, and by such landmarks as Les Invalides and my fav – le tour Eiffel aka the Eiffel Tower.
A wild paintalong with Vlad. I bet his wife, his manager, has to wear track shoes to chase him around.
Vlads value sketch.
Seems I forgot to take a pic of my sketch. This is Vlads.
First wash. Almost done.
And the washes are piling up. Pointy brush w Paris grey to the Eiffel Tower and the Pont Alexander.
Sliding toward home. Pulling the masking off the boat lines and a few other whites I wanted to save.
Going to have to fix these lines now the masking gone. Can’t leave them stark white.
Looking better. Really need to work on softening my lines.
Calling it quits for tonite.
What a difference a few minutes makes in the sky.
300 lb Fabriano rough
Away to Dubrovnik Croatia paintalong with Vlad Yesilesev today. Great fun. Lots of mad painting. Vlad was funnier than usual today and he’s always funny. You really should join us.
The photo. Not much to look at as a photo is it?
The value sketch. Vlads. This is what we paint from.
First wash. Yellow Ochre alizarin cobalt and card red orange rooftops. Not much paint at all.
Heading down the sidewalk. Sky cerulean cobalt neutral tint and whatever else Vlad decided to toss into the mix.
More washes. Darker ones.
Adding browns and dioxzine purple.
Trees cad yw cobalt ultramarine yellow ochre burnt sienna neutral tint.
And more darks. Scratching out lines. Think I might take some of the purple out of the wall but not til tomorrow.
Wildly painting lines with my sword brush which worked fine today skimming out electric lines without a problem.
Some splatters for crepe Myrtle tree flowers.
Margaret who needs a nap now. Xoxoxox
Did a paint along with Vlad Yesilesev today. He will be doing some more. Think it’s a great format that lets what he says sink in. And you get a copy of the class to download. Some dummy didn’t get that 911. They expire after a couple of days. OPPPSEY. I Will do it this time. Using a 2B mechanical pencil we all do a value sketch under his tutelage. Lots of squinting.
Light washes of yellow ochre cobalt and dioxzine and alizarin.
First wash. Oopsey. Always leave holidays and then duh go back and repaint. That does NOT work on damp watercolor. You get blooms.
And opps forgot to take more photos duh. Next time.
Hugs Margaret. Xoxoxoxo
But I knew that.
This article based on a forensic analysis of his death says otherwise.
Of course I can’t get to my sketchbook and share a map of Auvers. It’s in Augusta and I am not.
Go on a Viking Seine River cruise in the winter and they will take you to Auvers since Monets Giverny near Normandy closes in October.
Margaret in Atlanta with the grandkids. Xoxoxox
Been working on this all day today. Takes a while in between washes to dry.
Rue de Gros Horlage in Rouen Normandy France. Thinking maybe it’s done or close?! Now to stare at it a while. It will tell me one way or the other. rough 300# fabriano
adding more darks to windows and doors and people.
Wash on wash.
Now Officially too tahred to type more
Margaret staring at the painting
Took a photo of this small wagon in Rouen. I love old French cars and all the fabulous French doors.
Rue de Florence Rouen Normandy France
Why didnt I use the second one. Duh. I know redo time. Another sketch. Lol.
Twisbee pen Dartrementis document brown Ink hahnemuhle journal. Not liking the paper a lot. Charles Reid palette colors.
Margaret Xoxoxox who has one more Baldacci book to read before her Amos Decker binge is done. Xoxoxo