Friday, March 18, 2011


"Long Beach Cityscape #1"   SOLD
watercolor on paper, 2009
12" x 9" (30.48cm x 22.86cm)
private collection

A Long Beach cityscape looking west at sunset. Recently sold, an experimental watercolor, one not in my usual method. Here I laid down the paint in puddles of color to build the forms and shapes. This allows me to see in terms of color, value and chroma instead of being too concerned with rendering surfaces and textures.
Every so often it's good to practice other means of working. It reminds me to always remember the fundamentals and ends up strengthening my work.
I did do some scrubbing out in areas that were becoming muddy in order to keep the painting fresh and originally planned to bring some areas to a higher degree of finish but decided that unnecessary considering my original intent.102

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  1. well i for one am glad you left it as it is: it catches the eye and holds the viewer as the play of clouds buildings and trees intermingle.
    and good advice too on experimenting with different approaches:)

  2. Thanks Rahina, what some mistake as style usually has it's roots in more practical applications or reasons, as here. So when other qualities emerge from the results and someone responds to them... "... and trees intermingle" as you said then I'm satisfied.