Watercolor Sketching in Rio de Janeiro : The Three Big Shapes
Rio de Janeiro. This town seems impossibly picturesque. The combination of mountainous coast and teeming metropolis. A landscape like nowhere I’ve been before.
A view like this has to be painted with a keen eye toward simplification. What are the Three Big Shapes? (This is one of my code phrases – mantras I use to keep myself on track). Here, they are Land, Sea and Sky – with the white city being the shape left behind.
This one is my all over favorite sketch from the whole trip. This is winter in Brazil! As a Canadian, this is rather incredible. As the day warmed up and the sun moved, we got Land Sea and Sky in a different set of colors.
The best thing about travelling and painting with the group. Well there are many best things – the great company, the shared motivation to paint, paint, paint – but also, being able to look over at a friend’s paintings and see – wow, that’s what I need to do! Exactly there! This rapid sketch of Sugarloaf mountain was cribbed right out of Omar Jaramillo’s sketchbook.
This last one, a fun experiment. We were walking back from a long day sketching, and Linda Permann dared us to sketch one more – on the beach, in a puddle of streetlight, looking at the dark water. Isn’t that awesome? Sketching buddies that won’t quit, even when the sun goes down. I honestly had no idea if this was possible, so I’m quite happy with the way it turned out.
Every one of these sketches from Rio is something I’ve never seen before. That is what I love the most about urban sketching. Experiencing something new wherever you go.