Sunday, December 05, 2010

Watercolor Painting - Belleview In & Out Market

Belleview In and Out Market
©2010 Steve Penberthy
Watercolor and ink on Strathmore Gemini 140-lb CP paper in handmade sketchbook
6" x 9" (15.2 x 22.9 x cm)

This little grocery market is tucked away in a neighborhood not far from Forest Park in St. Louis. I thought the facade of this building was very interesting, and I see this type of architecture in various parts of town. I'm sure the architectural style has a name, but I don't know what it is (please comment if you do).

This small painting is sort of an experiment in a new style for me, using pen-and-ink in an illustrative style then adding watercolor washes for color. I plan to do a larger painting in this style very soon.

Before adding watercolor, I did a value sketch using my PITT artist brush pens. I made a photocopy of my sketch, and added value:
Belleview In & Out Market - Value Sketch


Frank said...

Steve, I love the version of this with the watercolour added, however, the two shop windows on the left have gone very flat with dense shade. In the ink version, there is some lovely part details in those windows which have been lost in the colour version.
Full frontal views of buildings often tend to turn out a little flat, but your work here is gorgeous.

Steve Penberthy said...

Frank: Thanks for the comment, and I agree with you about the shop windows. I used Payne's Gray for the washes, and it was much too opaque for what I needed. Every painting is a lesson. :) Thanks for stopping by! -- Steve

bwilliams said...

just found you blog...wandering around from roz wound up...only a few minutes to peruse this morning...will definitely your work, especially the pen sketches

Steve Penberthy said...

bwilliams: Glad you happened by; hope that you'll stop in often! Thank you for the comment! -- Steve