Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Culvert St Series 10
Today is seasonally cold and gray, characterized by snowfall. We had a snow storm during the night which left a few inches of snow on the ground. School openings were delayed a few hours and I have been, too. Having so much more time before going to work, I busied myself with some household tasks which led me into my studio. I opened the curtain to look out and instantly decided to do this painting instead of whatever else it was I’d been doing.
Including, going to work. I'm now late....
I drew the lines with a gray watercolor pencil. I’d decided to try this on my next painting and today was the day. I like the results. I don’t mind whatever line remains and whatever doesn’t show, was dissolved and has blended in with the applications of paint.
I think I'll use these pencils more often.
When I started this painting I’d planned on using GGBlack only, but as it progressed, I felt I wanted more color so I used Yellow Ochre with the black to get the desired amount of tone/saturation. When I finished the painting, I felt it needed a few thin washes of Prussian Blue (PB) here and there – in shadow areas, mostly. I also used a thin wash of CY on the nearest snow-covered roof top and finished off with a darkish area in the sky using PB and GBB. I’ve decided to be ‘done’ with this painting. It tells me enough about today.
I think I haven't gotten around to posting a few of my Culvert St series. I'll get on that asap -- gotta run!