Good morning, everyone. I thought I’d do a little catch up post. Because I’m producing lots of small drawings and paintings at the moment, including painting buildings. Rather than big projects and I suppose that doing Inktober 2021 is partly to blame for that. ( It’s all on my Instagram @margarethallfineart)
Anyway, I really enjoyed doing this quick, virtual urban sketch, thanks to the challenge set by @tobyurbansketch. Actually, I don’t know the location of this photo, but the idea is to imagine that you’re on the spot. Then sketch quickly and fluently, spending the same time on it that you would in the field. In fact, for me that’s about 40 minutes. In this way, you can try to retain the freshness and not overwork it. By the way, this way of urban sketching was very popular during lockdowns, for obvious reasons.
Painting Buildings in the Garden
In contrast, I was actually here on the spot for this sketch, nothing virtual about it! In effect, we have three sheds, a greenhouse and a polytunnel in our allotment. So, I always have plenty of material to paint, not to mention the plants and the crops. Have a look at this post here, for more garden buildings.
Although you might not notice, I can definitely see some improvements in my watercolour sketching now. Because studying techniques in any styles and paints usually does pay off. For example, I’m pleased with the way I’ve achieved more fluidity in the sky and foliage here. Although I’ve spotted a tendency to push the paint around like I used to, if I don’t concentrate. So, more practice required, I think – but, that’s the fun part!
7 Replies to “Painting Buildings – Real and Virtual”
YES, I can see the fluidity here. My watercolor teacher at adult ed said to think and see more about shapes of color and not outlines of objects. Well done!
Thank you, J. That’s good advice from your tutor. It’s remembering not to ‘scrub’ the paint that’s my problem
I have an inability to refrain from going back over areas, leading to a muddle of mistakes. She used to say put the brush down, walk away, and let the water do its magic when painting wet onto wet. Let it dry completely before touching it again
You’ve handled the sky and foliage well, particularly in the city-scape.
Your coloring is lovely, Margaret! Your trees & skies have always been good I think, and that shed has a marvelous texture to it too! 😊
Thank you, Felipe. No more painting in the garden now till next season!