Sunday, February 14, 2010

Watercolor Sketch - LoDo Alley

LoDo Alley
6.5" x 9.25" (16.4 x 23.4 cm)
Watercolor on Strathmore Gemini 140-lb CP paper
Sketchbook Painting
©2010 Steve Penberthy

I passed this alley while strolling along the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado's Lower Downtown (LoDo) area. I was drawn to the manner in which the puddles of water in the alley contrasted in shape with the buildings--the water creates its own flowing, organic shapes, whereas the man-made elements such as buildings, vehicles, etc. are boxy and rectangular.

I also liked the warmth to this image. I painted this in sort of a split-complementary fashion (I say "sort of" since I strayed a little beyond the strict three-color requirements of a split complementary, but I stayed pretty close). My results are a little more low-key than I had intended, but I'm satisfied overall with it. This painting is a sketch for a larger work I intend to paint of this same scene.


Laure Ferlita said...

Beautiful sketch, Steve, it almost looks like you poured the colors. Very atmospheric!

Steve Penberthy said...

Laure: Thank you so much for the comment! I didn't do any pouring, but I did do a fair amount of this wet-into-wet. Poured paintings have a certain glow about them, and I think I achieved a glow in places using by glazing, for example in the alley, which was painted with a base of alizarin crimson glazed with a layer of ultramarine blue.

Keith said...

Loving the way you caught the light reflected in the trail of water across the road.

quirkyartist said...

Aaaargh. This is to die for. I love urban landscape and the interesting use of colour just makes it POP.

Sandra said...

Terrific piece!