Early December 2020 project, from a photograph taken by our instructor.
The source photo is a view of typical California beach towns like Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Venice Beach, once you step away from the beach itself. Older buildings and neighbourhoods, with overhead power lines, a lot of stucco work, these weird parking areas delineated by islands that stick out into the road, and a older, more relaxed feeling than you find not even a half-mile inland.
Palette and Triad
For this painting, I stuck to the triad of Verditer Blue, Brown Madder Genuine, and Quinacridone Burnt Orange. The brown madder and QBO look very similar in hue in the palette.
Here’s the triad in lighter shade (more water), dried on a scrap of watercolour paper. I can definitely see the different hues much better here, and it shows the primary colours and how they mix to secondaries. Both the verditer and the QBO seem to have repelling properties, which makes the mixing of them interesting. They’re also a much more muted set of colours, save the QBO, which can get overpowering with these other two.
The initial layers have been laid in, and some more heavier colour applied in the buildings to get some initial medium values. This was at the end of class.
Final on masonite board
The final version, with trees and details in.
The QBO and verditer didn’t make a very good green, so I broke the triad and used some Hooker’s Green, straight on the paper with additional verditer and QBO dropped in to the mix.
I also used some Payne’s Grey, completely undiluted to paint in the power lines with a rigger brush.
This is the painting on the copy board with nothing else on it.
Same as image above, cropped to remove any extraneous area.
The final painting, framed and hung. I used an ivory mat.
- Daniel Smith Verditer Blue
- Daniel Smith Quinacridone Burnt Orange
- Winsor Newton Brown Madder Genuine
- Winsor Newton Hooker’s Green
- Winsor Newton Payne’s Grey
- Dreamcatcher #10 round
- Dreamcatcher #4 round
- Winsor Newton Kalinski Sable #2
- #1 rigger brush
- Arches Aquarelle, 140 pound cold press, 9×12 sheet