Hello, Artist daily members!
I have started working more and more on landscape scenery, more specifically cityscapes. I have taken many images down in Cape Girardeau, MO, and you may have seen a couple on the member Gallery posts.
This time I will share with you my endeavor into a new painting that I have started drawing out couple of days ago. It's also a scene from Cape Girardeau, right next to the Mississippi river. Riverside historic area of the city.
1. I have drawn out the composition from the photo that I pulled up on the iMac in my classroom. The screen is large enough to see everything well. All I used was 'H' pencil and clear plastic triangular ruler.
2. I blocked the lightest areas with Incredible white mask, and some artist tape. And started on the background sky.
3. I have started working on the brick work of the buildings. I usually put a lighter color down (as an underpainting) and then work the *** using; Burnt Sienna, Azo Crimson, and Yellow Ochre.
YVS, it is looking really good so far.
Margo Schwirian Fine Art
Thank you Margo!
Here's a little update. Finished up the brick on the deck and added some yellow to the columns, and removed some of the masking fluid, about to start the detail on beams, and awnings.
I am really impressed with the brickwork. You did a great job suggesting some bricks and detailing others.
Try painting all the bricks with just one brushstroke
I appreciate the suggestion, Denny. But I have never painted all bricks with one stroke, and probably will never use that approach. It just seem impossible to me :)
Anyway, here's a little update of the progress. I worked the beams on the deck and finished up the awning, also done the triple window under the deck.
Thank you Paul! I really appreciate your input!
Quick update before the weekend. I will return with updates on Monday, March 1st. :)
YVS, this is looking terrific. In the very first step, did you put a faint tinting of an aqua under-painting on the building to the left?
You did a great job on the subtle color differences between the tall and the short brick buildings, as well as diffusing the bricks of the farther one. I've only been to Cape Girardeau once, a pass through on our honeymoon trip from Illinois down to New Orleans. Things along the Mississippi definitely begin to feel very 'old south' once you hit southern Illinois. I do miss that river, and it was one of the last things we visited before we moved permanently away from Illinois.
THank you, Margo. Yes, I have added some of that cobalt blue to the windows. To show the reflection later on. I always start of with lightest colors and build up with richer-darker colors.
Kisu, thank you. Cape G. is changing, they are building thngs, and down by the river they are restoring old buildings, it's all the part of the Historical renovation of the downtown. Some clubs and bars are closed up because of that. Although, I think it's actually good for the city, they need more cultural development there, the city lost its interest in the arts and they need to reboost that!
Here's today's progress. I have just worked the building on the left, did some beam work with the base color and some shadow. Using Azo Crimson and Ultramarine blue for the darker areas of the beams and Azo Crimson, Burnet Sienna and Yellow ochre for the brick as usual. I also added some touches of Phtalo Blue and Viridian mix to the windows below. :) Well... back to work!
Ok, the last one for the day. Did some work on the windows below, and the beams.
Lookin' good, Y! Love your handling of the bricks and will second a post above regarding the color diff between back brick bldg and front. The cooler tone in the rear really creates some sep. between the 2. Window reflections coming together nicely!
YVS, this is looking so good. It is so much fun to see it come along from one day to the next.