Southwestern streetscape

I felt in the mood to paint something that had a bluer base to it this time around and decided that some of my reference photos from the southwest might do the trick.  Rifling through my stash, I selected a few possibilities that were so angled and warped perspectively because of the narrowness of the streets that I would have had a hard time taking out the curves and do a really detailed drawing. 

Southwestern abstract streetscape

I made a few alterations from the photos by widening the gallery building from two windows to three so it would be more of a focal point.  I kept the movie theater basically the same because I liked the pillar effect as well as the recessed arch top facade and deck over the restaurant. 

I decided to use a teal blue rather than a royal blue hue in this case – mostly because I like that color better.  I started with the yellow and red before adding the blue and I can’t decide whether that was a good idea.  I felt that later on in the drawing I had to tone down the red to mitigate its effect and I softened the yellow with a little brown in order to not take away from the blue.  I ended up working on this piece three different times.  I knew after the first session that it still needed work and I wasn’t quite satisfied after the second.  I played with it off and on the third day but finally decided I was fiddling with it rather than making real decisions and it was time to stop. 

I do like the way the blues turned out here and have chosen another set of photos to make a companion piece.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy D.
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 17:26:29

    Lovely, maybe my favorite of these recent watercolored buildings. I heartily endorse the use of teal! Lovely little details. I like the flower boxes and striped awnings.

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  2. ruthsartwork
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 17:31:24

    Thanks Cindy. I like the teal too. And surprisingly, I created it myself from my blues and greens. It didn’t come from a tube.

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  3. incidentallearner
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 21:07:35

    I love teal as well and have found myself using it more often of late! Lovely work!

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  4. ruthsartwork
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 22:14:03

    Thanks, Incidentallearner. You don’t usually see a lot of blue in my work. I thought I would expand myself a little with this.

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  5. lynn
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:09:50

    This is lovely! It actually kind of reminds me of New Orleans. 🙂

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  6. ruthsartwork
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 09:14:46

    I can see that. There are a lot of vibrant colors in New Orleans.

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