Finally - I have something to post! I have just finished this half sheet watercolor.

I worked from photographs, a watercolor journal sketch, and then a pencil sketch to work out the values (lights and darks) and the composition.

I thought you might be interested in seeing these, so I posted them also. As you may be able to see from the photograph, I made quite a departure from the original scene. Well, maybe not so much from the scene as the overall mood. I took the photo and did the journal painting in the evening because I was very attracted to the lighting and the "feel" of the place at that time of day. However when I began to work on the sketch for the final painting, I really started thinking summer - just really didn't want to let it go yet, I guess, and I wanted to show more water. Maybe someday I will do it again and try to capture the evening mood of it, but for now I am very happy with the sunshine and blue-green water of a summer afternoon.

1 comment:

lauriatthelake said...

The painting looks like someplace I would like to visit. I like your use of artistic license. I think you have brought out the joy and life the homeowner feels here, something that is difficult to see in the photograph. It has a nice romantic quality :)