Watercolor Wednesdays || Volume 11

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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!

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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 8

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Finally I can share some of my larger-sized watercolors with you! Yep, buying this larger canvas was such a good investment. I can already see how it has improved my paintings. Since I'm on break, I've had time to paint on-site [sometimes I have to work from photos] and it's been so fun and relaxing for me. You can see above that on Saturday I hung out by the waterfront in Nyhavn and captured the bright colored buildings + boats. I am happy I decided to stay in town for this break, and get a chance to paint this beautiful city of mine. 

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Okay first up is this fun setting in Nyhavn. You can see above in my quick iPhone snap what the setting looks like. It is a big destination spot in Copenhagen for tourists, and it's right down the street from my apartment. I love admiring it when I bike home every day! 

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I tried to be a bit more quick and sketchy with this painting, to give it a casual vibe. I also don't think I've ever painted a body of water before, so this was a fun challenge. I think I did it correctly with the dark shadows under the boats, but I'm not sure. I'm curious to hear my professor's feedback on this one. 

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I used the opportunity to make a larger drawing to paint a great spot in Copenhagen, the bridge that leads into Nørrebro, a really fun and lively neighborhood in the city. It was dark and misty this day, but I was so excited to try out my new sketchbook that I sat it out to get the drawing done, and painted the colors later once I got home. 

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I was trying to be sketchy with this one again, and I think it worked better this time. I like that the colors just fade toward the bottom. My teacher also usually warns us about adding people into a painting, but I think they were successful in this case!

I am feeling so inspired by watercolor lately and it has really added a fun dimension to my break! Which painting is your favorite? x, Paige.

Watercolor Wednesdays || Volume 7

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While I haven't had the chance to blog my travel photos from my Stockholm + Helsinki trip, today I'm going to share my watercolor paintings from that trip with you. I actually think that's a good order to go in, artistic perspective first, realistic perspective second. I hope that these pictures capture my impressions of the cities and that you are loving this series! Today I'm also including the photos that inspired the paintings so that you can get a peek at what I was experiencing. Enjoy!

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The first two travel paintings I did were pretty abstract and this one was of the Stockholm Public Library, which has a cylinder shaped interior. I kept the painting pretty basic and let the colors speak for themselves.

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The other abstract painting was of Steven Hohl's [amazing] Chiasma Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki. I had to capture this modern stained glass window and the light that is reflected around the space. My teacher critiqued this one for my mid review, and showed me how it would look if it was cropped just down to the colored portion to show me that it is a much stronger painting that way, and I agree. Something to consider! 

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And finally I loved this little setup in Gamla Stan, a historic public square in Stockholm. I loved this little set up--the chalkboard, old stone, the flowers...it just screams Europe to me. I spent a lot of time on the details of the stone shading, which is why this painting was my favorite of the three. I attempted to do a negative space painting of the chalkboard to capture the text, but I ended up painting over it. It's something I would like to get better at in the future! 

That's all I have to share with you guys today, and the last of the postcard paintings you'll see on Punkrockparti. I think I told you this already, but I finally purchased a full size watercolor pad and I can already see so much improvement in my paintings. I can't wait to show you! 

See you tomorrow! x, Paige.