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Day 19 : #30x30DirectWatercolor : Lisbon Train Station

June 19, 2020

Day 19:

There’s a reliable pattern to a painting marathon. You start out tentative, maybe a little rusty. You push through some bad ones, some exercises, and suddenly there’s a peak – (a little too close to the middle for my liking) – when you hit your stride. You’re doing things you never expected.

Making breakthroughs!

Or at least, taking risks – based on new-found confidence.

This is the point where you have enough good work in the bag you won’t be ashamed of yourself, but you haven’t beaten your personal-best yet either.

It’s a public performance after all – so you find yourself willing to bang out a piece you’d frankly have been scared to try previously.

It’s time to go big, or go home.

If I had to put a finger on it, I’d say what’s changing is my use of brushstrokes, versus shapes.

In the past I might have emphasized fusing all the strokes within a silhouette. So every wet shape is solidly melted together. (If you’re a regular reader, I’m sure you’ve heard me say that.)

Right now, I’m willing to leave things broken up. It’s turning into individual brush-marks floating and layering over each other – building up a mosaic.

Maybe this is coming from my last two years of oil painting?

I don’t know, but I’m open to where it’s going.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Dana Richards permalink
    June 19, 2020 2:31 PM

    Love the festive COLOR! All those brushstrokes give a “shatter” vibe to the painting –

  2. Suzanne Tractenberg permalink
    June 19, 2020 3:28 PM

    Love it!! Please continue in this style! Acrylics aren’t my thing, so I much prefer your WC…..and this is terrific! Suzanne in San Diego ( PS….I have your Urban Sketcher book and thoroughly enjoy your blog. Thanks very much!)

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  3. Paula O permalink
    June 19, 2020 7:10 PM

    Terrific nocturne that captures the high energy of the train station. Wow!

  4. Terry James permalink
    June 20, 2020 6:19 AM

    Marc, are you adding them wet on wet or letting it dry before adding the brush strokes? It does look oil-ish, which is unique and intriguing.

    • June 20, 2020 10:24 AM

      Hey Terry – yes, it’s painted wet-on-dry, in the sense that the paper is taped down dry, and I just begin to paint into each little shape ‘directly’ – so, the shapes become wet with the first touch of color. So – it’s all one layer, except for the little bit of dark leaves in the front, and the darks in the windows, which are painted over top of previous dry.

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