Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Bank

Watercolor painting of buildings on main street williamsville
The Bank
Watercolor 2.5” x 3.5”
Chris Breier © 2015
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While I was walking home from Glen Park, I took a picture of the rear of the buildings on Main Street in Williamsville. It's of the things that are normally meant to be hidden: parking lots, phone poles etc. Click here to view the Google Street view location for this painting.

The large building on the right is a bank. I exaggerated the orange of the bricks to play it off of the muted purples of the clouds. I'm pleased with how the sky turned out, it has that effortless look which is what I find so attractive about watercolors.

The formula for clouds is–paint the blue sky with cerulean blue while leaving the white of the paper for the whites of the clouds, and then paint the undersides of them with a muted purple. Phthalocyanine Blue mixed with Quinacridone Magenta works well. Sometimes I work into them with titanium white, after the initial washes have dried, to make them appear more solid.

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