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Watercolor Demonstration 4
'Dodge Street'

This painting was completed using a 24-pan set of Schmincke Horadam watercolors.

Initial Drawing   Initial Drawing
This sketch of Dodge Street in San Francisco was accomplished using a 6B Mars Lumograph pencil on Strathmore Aquarius II paper.
     
Gray   Gray
Instead of cross-hatching with the pencil to make some neutral gray areas, I laid in a light wash of Umber Raw and Neutral Black.
     
First Colors   First Colors
At this point I'd ordinarily add the background washes, but I wasn't sure whether to make the overall image cool or warm, so I dabbed on a number of experimental colors, including Red Violet, Ultramarine and Cobalt Blue (cool); then Sienna Raw and Ochre Red (warm).
     
Brighter   Brighter
The cool color scheme seemed to be working, so I added some additional layers of Russian Blue and Red Violet.
     
Warm Colors   Warm Colors
Since the scene now had plenty of cool colors, I decided to add some warmth, starting with a Yellow Ochre sky. Layers of Mars Brown and Sienna Burnt added density and warmed up some of the other areas. Sepia and Black Neutral helped darken some of the shadows.
     
Finishing   Finishing Up
At this point I continued brushing on thin layers of these colors while using a toothbrush to spatter pigment onto the paper. This is how the finished work appears on my art website.

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