|Earl of East London's Storefront @earlofeastlondon on Instagram|
|Sketch and first layer|
I intended to take photos of the process along the way, but I got so wrapped up in this project that I only ended with the two photos. The photo above contains the first steps of sketching and light washes for the window panes, brick mortar, sidewalk, window sill, and the top of the window. I was working with a 1/2" flat for the window panes and that worked well, but I knew that the brick would require finesse with a small round or buy a 1/4" flat. Since it was Saturday when I worked on this painting...I bought the 1/4# flat. I'm glad I did, because that made the brick process much easier.
Earlier in the week, I followed along with Louise De Masi on Skillshare. She teaches a fantastic course called Herbs in Watercolor. She is an excellent artist and educator. She breaks each step down and clearly talks you through what she is doing and why she is doing it. For example, she always starts with a yellow-green wash layer for all of her leaves working from light to dark. Okay...I do know that is what we're supposed to do in watercolor, but I've worked with acrylics most of my life, and the opposite is true. So, I'm having to retrain myself a little 😃! The veins of the leaves are a little heavy, and I think I have a fix for that after Louise's feedback.
|Working in Layers|
Thanks for taking the time to stop by today! Please leave a comment below and let me know your processes for building depth to your watercolor paintings. I'd love to hear from you!