All colored up

Nashville streetscape in watercolor

Well, what do you think of this?  I watercolored it over the course of several days, putting on the color slowly and making sure it was completely dry between layers so it wouldn’t smear.  I wasn’t sure how much depth of color I wanted and I think I am fairly satisfied with this.  There are probably half a dozen layers of the brownish red and I am afraid of losing the subtlety of the color variations if I put too much more on.  Perhaps I will do something on a smaller scale and play with that.

I have started the pencil of the next streetscape.  I plan on using the pastels since there is much more color variation in those buildings, so the effect will totally different.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy D
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 10:52:42

    Love it! I was immediately struck at first by the lone cream-colored building, which works so well. And then in the close up all that amazing color and detail in the shop windows, awnings, plants and streetlamps. One of my favorites you’ve done!


  2. ruthsartwork
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 11:30:25

    Thanks, Cindy. I didn’t really think about the end building being so different. As I look at it, I see that color is echoed in the shops below.


  3. Jaci
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 14:22:22

    I love the color! Beautifully done – as usual 🙂


  4. ruthsartwork
    Oct 24, 2012 @ 14:53:12

    Thanks Jaci. I’m working hard to get enough pictures to send to the print company.


  5. lesliepaints
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 12:24:54

    Oh my! I’m blown away. I leave for a couple weeks and come back to see something like this. Love the color and the loose way you suggested the detail in the windows. I actually want to walk up on the sidewalk so I can know more about what is going on in this scene. Definitely Indiana! Clapping!


  6. ruthsartwork
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 12:32:34

    Actually, it is old downtown Nashville Tennessee. LOL Our son moved down there first of this year and he took us to see it on a very nice sunny day. I got lots of great photos. The next one will be pastel.


    • lesliepaints
      Oct 26, 2012 @ 15:51:23

      Sorry for the mistake, but even though it has been a few years since I was there, this reminds me of Nashville, Indiana, too. I love this exactly the way you’ve rendered it.


  7. ruthsartwork
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 18:29:38

    Nashville Indiana is a quaint town. I should drive over there and take some photos too.


  8. Christine
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 14:45:12

    It’s looking really great. I’m no watercolorist, but trust your instincts on the color saturation. 🙂


  9. ruthsartwork
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 15:25:07

    Thanks, Christine. I consider myself to be a rather beginning watercolorist. I haven’t done it a great deal and am mostly self taught so it’s always a work in progress. I will probably experiment more on something smaller.


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