Whenever I get an idea for a new painting, I become so excited and anxious I can't wait to put it down on a paper. So my drawing is pretty quick and simple. I draw, with a 4B or 6B pencil, all the main shapes and a few details, especially highlights where I want to preserve the white of a paper.
Then, I gaze at the paper in front of me for a moment, trying to visualize the painting I'd like to make happen. This is a small but very important step in my process because it makes me aware of the direction I will be focusing on. Am I still just as excited and determined as before about this painting idea? If I can honestly yes, I move on to the next step, painting. If I can't say yes, that's a red flag -- I need to ask myself why and find a remedy for it. Ignoring this red flag means I will most likely encounter many problems and end up spending more time problem-solving than painting happily and freely.
Two parts, buildings and the water, make up this painting. I try to establish colors and tones of all the main shapes as much as possible, using a variety of edges.
Time to put in more details, mainly using hard edges and lost-and-found edges here and there.
Venece Canal VII
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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 8.25 x 11.5 in. (on 9 x 12 in. paper)
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