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Day Eight: #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 : Drive by Painting

June 8, 2018

Driving up Dr. Penfield, behind the McTavish Reservoir. I love the fact that a water tank in Montreal comes with a chateau. Isn’t this the best city for an urban sketcher?

I suppose the elegant roof-line makes this not quite a Nothing View. It’s halfway toward my old-fashioned architectural portrait. But you could call it a kind of action-shot of a building?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    June 8, 2018 9:08 AM

    Very nice! thank you!

  2. roxannesteed permalink
    June 8, 2018 9:11 AM

    I love seeing the actual photograph of the place vs. your painted view of the place!! (I always think an artist’s viewpoint makes the world a better place! :-)

  3. June 8, 2018 9:33 AM

    Well, here you clearly saw the composition in your mind’s eye. After taking your watercolor class last December, I’ve been on the lookout for blacks in the things I see. In my mind’s eye, they turn into mid-ranges, so I have to force myself. I’ve just started exploring the subject by making a pencil drawing (a celebration of grayscale) and a pen&ink of the same image, looking for areas I can block in. Should you ever get around to it, I’d love to see a series on “finding black.” …. Anyway, this is a visually stunning picture, although if I understood a previous comment you made, you might not want to be reminded of that.

  4. Marci Mills permalink
    June 8, 2018 10:34 AM

    Charming! I agree with an earlier comment–it is very helpful to see your photo of the scene as well as your painterly sketch of it, which always seems more interesting. Thank you for sharing your work with us.

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