Thursday, September 3, 2020

Urban Sketching Watercolors

Our daughter has begun college with a virtual freshman year while living in the dorms at Virginia Commonwealth University. It is all very strange but probably pretty normal for right now. Walking around VCU before going to visit her is beautiful. Everyone is masked and Richmond is such a clean little city. 

It's wonderful to have the opportunity to sketch in ink and then work to capture some of the local buildings in watercolors. I have been trying to limit a painting to a few color mixes but maybe my choices for this one were too strong. I used a mix of Indian Red, Permanent Red and Winsor Orange for the brickwork. The tree colors seem all over the place too.

Urban Sketch Watercolor Painting N Laurel Cathedral Richmond Virginia Building Home Historic Handmade Sharon Warren FluterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Painting
North Laurel Street and South Cathedral Place

Here is a sketch of just the porch of the same red brick building done in much lighter tones. Maybe too light this time. I lost the perspective of the crosswalk but gained the detail of the brick and bushes.

Urban Sketch Watercolor Painting 16 N Laurel Richmond Virginia Building Home Historic Handmade Sharon Warren FluterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Painting
16 North Laurel Street

Here is a different building just a ways down Cathedral Place. This time I chose to paint the brick in just a mix of Indian Red and Permanent Red for a more pinky and happier tone. More lemon yellow in the bushes also makes it feel sunnier.

Urban Sketch Watercolor Painting 808 Cathedral Place Richmond Virginia Building Home Historic Handmade Sharon Warren FluterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Painting
808 Cathedral Place

I'm not sure anyone would recognize these buildings from my sketches, but they are fun to do and an exercise in how much detail to include and what colors to choose and lots of other things I'm trying to work on. 


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