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Watercolor Demonstration 1
'Third and Santa Fe'

This painting was completed using a 24-pan set of Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors.
Note: This demo also appears at Creative Spotlight.

Reference Photo   Reference Photo
Utronix Digital Camera For this demonstration, I decided to paint a tavern located on Santa Fe Drive in Denver. When I passed by, the late-day sun was casting some interesting shadows on the building so I snapped this picture with a tiny, inexpensive digital camera (this was before cell phone cameras became ubiquitous).
     
Initial Drawing   Initial Drawing
I started out by sketching the basic layout with a 6B Mars Lumograph pencil. Besides slightly altering the angle and the composition, I decided to leave out a few wires and other distractions and make the crosswalk lines in the foreground more prominent.
     
First Colors   First Colors
The first paint on the surface was a wash of Cadmium Yellow over the building and most of the other light-toned areas. After it dried I added a little Payne's Gray here and there, then a dab or two of very thin Mars Brown, and finally some darker yellow (made by adding Golden Ochre to the Cad Yellow). This process of adding one transparent layer on top of another will continue throughout the project.
     
Red and Sepia   Red and Sepia
Next up: a very thin layer of Sepia to start bringing out the trees and the ground around the building - plus highlights of Scarlet and English Red on the signs, awnings, etc.
     
Blue, Purple and Green   Blue, Purple and Green
A blue sky is not very original, but sometimes it's appropriate. There were already so many warm colors in this scene I decided to paint the sky with a mixture of Cobalt Blue, Violet and Emerald Green. While these pans were wet I started working on the crosswalk lines, even though the step was somewhat out of sequence. While the cool-colored areas were drying, I added more yellow and red to the building.
     
Burnt Umber and Sepia   Burnt Umber and Sepia
The foreground color here is a mixture of Burnt Umber and Sepia (with a little bit of Russian Blue thrown in). This combination was also added to darken the trees, doorways, shadows, etc.
     
More Layers   More Layers
Here's the painting after adding layers of Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Mars Brown and Raw Umber. I've also added some Golden Ochre to the building. These steps help to give the work more density.
     
Finishing Up   Finishing Up
Splattering There's no better way to wrap up a project than by flinging paint at it. Various colors, loaded one at a time on the toothbrush and strategically splattered onto the surface, can add just the right touch and help suggest detail. Here's how the completed work appears on my art website.
     
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Demo 1
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'Third and Santa Fe'
Demo 2
Demo 2
'Decisions, Decisions'
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Demo 3
'Lily Pond'
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Plein Air
Field work
Demo 7
Demo 7
'Aisle 5'
Demo 8
Demo 8
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Demo 9
Demo 9
'Easton Balcony'

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