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Classical Remix

March 26, 2018

Here’s a few more pencil drawings from the MBAM. These are from the classical wing, just to the left of the old main entrance, which you can’t get to anymore from the street.

These begin as a doodle, drawn in the museum in pencil (that’s all they officially allow). Then later I use all those squiggly lines to remind myself of where the light and shadow were.

I actually painted these on a different day, while sitting in the botanical garden :) I could take some cellshots to help later – and sometimes I do – but mostly it’s not necessary.

You can just go with what you see in the drawing. Sometimes it’s more interesting than getting it right.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. barbara joabson3 permalink
    March 26, 2018 11:30 AM

    Hi Marc;

    I have signed up for your Chicago Urban Sketcher workshop in June.

    I am so excited to be a part of your world, if only for three hours.

    See you then.

    Barbara Joabson


  2. March 26, 2018 12:45 PM

    So inspiring. Wish I had you in Chicago. You were filled up

  3. Judy Sopher permalink
    March 26, 2018 1:30 PM

    Excellent, as always. Enjoying your book.

  4. Joanna permalink
    March 26, 2018 1:44 PM

    Hi Marc! Love your work and I also recently purchased both your The Urban Sketcher book, as well as the recent one on watercolors. May I ask if you can please share with us in a future blog what your watercolor palette is at right now? I know you change often. For example, what colors did you use for these?

    • March 26, 2018 2:19 PM

      I tend to keep my Watercolor Supplies up to date. There’s an image of my palette there. (

      These stone sculptures have no real color (they’re just off white), so I’m inventing warm and cool here with Quin Gold Deep vs DS Turquoise, then modified with Neutral Tint and Grey of Grey, and some Lunar Black for granulation. And many minor touches of random things such as Goethite.

      • March 26, 2018 2:21 PM

        Oh and Buff Titanium too – to warm/whiten the sandstone color.

        • Joanna permalink
          March 26, 2018 6:28 PM

          Thanks so much :D! It would be so much cooler if the sculptures actually reflected the watercolors you used to capture them.

  5. Judy Sopher permalink
    March 26, 2018 3:18 PM

    Other than turquoise and indigo, are there no other blues on your palette?

    • March 26, 2018 3:43 PM

      That’s right! I don’t find I need any more. I used to carry a sky blue, but these days I use Grey of Grey and Buff Titanium to mix sky colors with Turquoise. (And just dilution).

      • Judy Sopher permalink
        March 26, 2018 5:41 PM

        I’m going to try that. (Ordered the colors) You use a very unusual palette to me and very interesting. I need to get away from my usual blues. But I can’t imagine life without ultramarine blue.

  6. Karen Little permalink
    March 27, 2018 12:38 AM

    I took your recent class in Vermont and am now just starting to draw again (I had a buncha commitments I had to get put of the way. Tonight I completed the linked picture, using your sketch, paint areas with water, then dropping in color. I am still afraid of black, although the scene did not have a lot of shadows except under the smoke trail. If you have time to take a peak, I would appreciate any tip you have to offer.

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