Main St in blue

My idea with this was to play around with really dark foregrounds and light backgrounds. I thought I would use sepia for the foreground but ended up picking navy blue at the last minute. Although the streets were dry at the time I took the picture that inspired this painting, the blue gives the streets a wet feeling.

Close-up of watercolor painting of Main St Chryston in blue and yellow.

I limited myself to three colors on this (navy blue, yellow, and mango) and used Derwent Inktense watercolors.

Close-up of watercolor painting of Main St Chryston in blue and yellow.

The paper used is Winsor & Newton Cold Pressed Fine Grain A4 paper.

Close-up of watercolor painting of Main St Chryston in blue and yellow.

Here is the photo that inspired the painting:

Main street Chryson with sun rising behind houses.
Watercolor painting of Main St Chryston in blue and yellow.

Twisting branches

I’ve been noticing the branches of the trees here in Scotland all winter, how they are angular and curved at the same time, and have been wanting to draw and paint them in more detail for awhile. I actually started this with the intention of doing many of the branches but quickly became overwhelmed with that task and went with something s bit simpler.

Close up of tree watercolor painting
Close up of tree watercolor painting.
Close up of tree watercolor painting.

Here is the photo I was using as a reference:

Trees by a stream against a blue background.

This was the specific portion I decided to focus on:

Watercolor painting of dark and twisted tree branches.

Slightly amused (figure #69)

Keeping the Zoom portrait series going with a coworker looking slightly amused at something that was said. This one is a larger format (A4) than previous portraits (A5) mostly because I ordered the wrong size replacement. The extra space was pretty nice to work with though so happy accident I think.

Portrait of woman slightly smiling with a headset on.