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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.

11 comments:

Irina said...

So little and so much. I like it.

Steve Penberthy said...

Thanks Irina!

caseytoussaint said...

Great perspective!

Barbara Weeks said...

So beautiful!

gabi campanario said...

very dramatic, great composition, i love it!

Krista Meister said...

I do so like how you seem to capture a different angle on your paintings.

Kirby said...

Nice composition and simply done.

~Kirby

quirkyartist said...

The spatterings of 'leaves' add texture and make the painting more interesting. I just love the perspective you've chosen.

Ramona Davidson said...

Love this. Great art, color, and scale. Really feel the height. You have a great touch. Also left a comment on your grain elevator.

Steve Penberthy said...

Casey: Thanks! I'm always a sucker for the looking-up-at-a-building perspective...

Barbara: Thank you! Love your buddy icon. :)

Gabi: Thanks so much for the comment and for stopping by!

Krista: Thanks! I think that comes from my photography background; I got myself in the habit of looking for out-of-the-ordinary compositions.

Kirby: Thank you very much!

Quirkyartist: I agree; the limbs and leaves really pulled it together. Thanks for the comment!

Ramona: Thank you very much and thanks for taking a look at my blog!

Karen said...

You've done a lot with a little. Beautiful!