"Still Standing!" a watercolor study of a building at Bodie, California
Like an old horse with an extreme sway back, this old building hangs on... and on...
Old barns and buildings are fun to get into the detail because they are so full of textures and linear shapes. Various pencils, pen and ink, watercolor washes - are some of the the tools of texture to get your fix.
I did this sketch primarily with watercolor pencils. Then I used a very small and pointy watercolor brush sideways (after dabbing the excess water off first) and lightly dragged it across the pencil in one direction, with the grain of the wood. The pointy tip can get into the tiny dark cracks for detail. Later, I went back in with watercolor washes to add more variety of color and contrast.
I drew this free-hand without tracing. Working on my accuracy! (That is, my accuracy of asymmetry!)
Welcome to my art blog! This is where I share my explorations and learning experiences in pastel, watercolor and oil painting. I have had this blog for about six or more years. I am currently entering many national and regional juried art shows. I have a website and sell my work from there as well. I started a group called Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters a year ago and it has grown to about 40 active painters! Each year brings new challenges and exciting opportunities. I have made many friends among other art bloggers and enjoy visiting their blogs. I hope you enjoy your visit here, and click on the links to my website and the plein air painters to see more!