After the brief foray into the linocuts and watercolors, I decided to return to the architecturals but on a smaller scale. The large ones I did for the print company were rather tiring and I needed the break. The next few pictures will be in the 8×10 range instead of 12×16. I think I do work better on a smaller scale somehow. I know I prefer it so maybe that is the difference.
I drew up and painted this one Monday and Tuesday. On the actual building they had bricked in the arched triple set windows on the second and third floors, so I put them back in. I can’t imagine why that was done because the sets I copied from the left side remained, but I have rectified the error, adding back all of the character of this older building. I debated watercolor versus pastels and decided that for the time being I may just alternate between the two. The vote on the large ones was evenly split and I rather enjoy using both styles.
I like the darker brick color here. I am not overly happy with the awnings but at least it is not horrible. I probably should have just tried the more splotchy effect of the brick. Oh well, maybe next time. I didn’t want to just do another striped awning.