Sunday, December 20, 2009

Watercolor Landscape :: The Chase

The Chase
Watercolor on Arches 140-lb CP paper
8" x 10" (20 x 25 cm)
©2009 Steve Penberthy

This painting is of the south-facing side of the Chase Park Plaza hotel in St. Louis. This particular view is looking up from the hotel valet area that fronts Kingshighway. I chose a thin wash of pthalo blue to represent the cold winter sky and juxtaposed that with the warm morning sunlight hitting the building. The building is a verigated wash of raw sienna and new gamboge, dulled with a second wash of violet. The painting really came together for me as I added the tree limbs, which I believe helped give the building context. The bare limbs looked a little *too* bare for my tastes, so I added spatters of paint to represent dead leaves that had not yet fallen; these spatters were done using burnt sienna and quinacridone red.