Saturday, December 15, 2007
Casalecchio - Mixed Media from Suggestions
THIS time, I stretched the paper!! LOL and was amazed after I wet, stapled and taped the paper to foamcore (all I had available) how absolutely FLAT it remained after all the washes and water! So I will definitely use that method again. LOL
The scene is from an agritourism, working farm in the hills of Casalecchio, Sicily -- far larger than the complex I painted -- I shrunk much of the buildings as I was more interested in the panarama than the buildings. I realized AFTER it was sketched that the point of interest landed smack in the middle of the paper -- but I know that I have ample space to crop the left of this painting to move the buildings a bit off center -- I'm posting the painting in its entirety for my discussion!
I used Winsor-Newton watercolors on Arches cold press 140# and grayed some of the colors as I applied them with a light touch to keep a hazy look. I then used Mineke's suggestion to glaze the background with a thin mix of gouache and water -- which you see here. I also added a bit more graying with a bit of Winsor violet. I added a bit of ink to the windows and roof lines of the houses to sharpen those images.
In some ways I miss all the details of brighter images (which I tend to paint!) but I think the methods suggested work well and I again, appreciate all the generous suggestions!
Now to figure out how to do these kinds of landscapes with a bit looser feel! LOL