Thursday, July 26, 2007

San Marco Cathedral

Watercolor on Strathmore Gemini 300-lb paper, 11" x 15" (27.9 cm x 38.1 cm).

This was the other painting we did as part of David R. Becker's "Don't Get Lost in the Details" workshop. We worked from a photo of the San Marco Cathedral in Venice, and it featured a complex scene of gondolas and crowds of people. Of course, the lesson is to simplify. The background was pretty straightforward; we did a wet-in-wet wash after first doing a detailed pencil sketch.

I had some trouble with a backrun when painting the cathedral; Becker helped me with it, showing me how to introduce more water to fix it, but the extra water left a hard edge that I wasn't satisfied with. However, I like the results overall. The "Bob's Blobs" technique was used for the crowd of people (see previous post).


melissa said...

Welcome to EDM. Love the moody silhouette wash in the backdrop.

Steve said...

Thanks for your comment, Melissa. The backdrop was worked up using a wet-in-wet wash after laying down a pencil sketch. You can see this interim step here:

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

WOW! Beautfiul.

brian nelson said...

Beautiful!! Very well done!

Sherry said...

Gosh, this is really lovely. Simplifying my paintings is something I really struggle with.