Watercolor Wednesdays || Volume 11


Last week my watercolor class got lucky with a hot hot day and we took our sketchbooks over to the harbor front and worked on a few paintings. It was pretty blissful hanging out, painting, and soaking up the sun. Unfortunately I was also a little bit unlucky and got a pretty gnarly sunburn...oops. But it was honestly so nice to paint outside that I can't really complain! Here are my 2 perspective paintings, and a little nautical detail!


So, to be honest it was a little difficult to paint perspectives of the harbor. There were a lot of details to capture, and the view was also at a very far distance. I found that spending a little extra time on the sketches paid off, because it allowed the bridges, towers, and buildings to be clearly read. 


This perspective view is pretty iconic for Copenhagen, which is known for it's harbor fronts. On the left you can see the Black Diamond library, and the turquoise green towers are very characteristic of the harbor bridges. I had to redraw aspects of this scene quite a few times, but it paid off. Thank god for erasers!


The other harbor perspective was in the opposite direction. The sun was shining so brightly in my eyes that it was difficult to see what the true colors were, so I chose to paint everything in a very light wash. I enjoy the contrast that this created between the two paintings, and my demonstrates how the light affected the area.


Finally, we worked on something more still-life for a change, and painted these anchor rings on the harborfront walkway. There were so many cobblestones scattered underneath the rings, and the sun was casting varying shadows all over them, which I really wanted to capture. Painting all of those shadows was definitely time consuming, but if I've learned anything about watercolor it's that it takes patience. 

Besides improving my painting skills, I'm really grateful for this class because it has strengthened my perspective drawing skills. This was something I was never very good at in the past, and I have been feeling more confident about it as of late.  

So that's all for today guys! What art are you loving lately? I will see you tomorrow with a new style post! x, Paige


Watercolor Wednesdays || Volume 9

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Today I didn't feel like showing off my watercolor painting progress, but instead wanted to talk about what the best part of taking a watercolor class has been. For me, it has been all of the lovely hours I've spent outside, just relaxing and taking in the scenery around me. There have been many days this past week when I wanted to be outside and enjoy the good weather, but I am the kind of person that always has to be multitasking and have my hands busy, so this hobby has been perfect for me! Here are a few scenes from the lovely time I spent painting outdoors. 

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I've noticed that since I've started watercoloring more, I am more appreciative of the buildings and scenery I have studied. Copenhagen has become a familiar place to me over these last 8 months, but when I spot a building that I have painted before, it strikes a chord with me that didn't before, and I almost have muscle memory of all it's pretty details. 

If you haven't tried watercoloring yet, you should! x, Paige