The watercolors won

Nashville Watercolor

Nashville Watercolor

It didn’t really take much thought, but I decided to go ahead and use the watercolors for this. I really do need to practice some realistic watercolor architecturals and I’d rather start small and work my way up.  This turned out okay.  I am not overly fond of the corner curb area, but I like the shading of the tree on the building.  I had to make up across the street since it was totally blocked by cars, so I kept it vague.  This blog photo is not the greatest and I may try to change it out.   The colors are richer in reality.  Today’s weather, with the rain, is not conducive to a reshoot, so I’ll have to go with what I have for now.

Yesterday, I finished up the rest of the ornaments, except for the varnish.  I think next up will be some more pet portraits.  I had an inquiry for a horse portrait a few weeks ago, so I better practice one.  Fortunately, I have several head shots of my sweet Lady than I can use.  And I think I want to do another canine head, too.

Nashville corner

Nashville corner

Nashville corner

I am still working on a few more ornaments, but I felt like doing another architectural too.  I had been thinking about this photo for a while.  It’s a corner store in Nashville and if I remember correctly it might be a Hardrock Cafe.

I haven’t decided whether to use pastels or watercolors yet.  After the success of the barn, I am thinking of using the watercolors.  I have not done a serious watercolor streetscape and something small might be a good place to start. I will need to do something anyway for practice because the barn owner wants her house done in the spring and it will have to be watercolor to match.

Back to the studio

Modified Nashville streetscape

Modified Nashville streetscape

I managed to make a little time for myself in the studio this week and finish most of the inking for the current piece.  It is a pretty straight forward drawing, but I added greenery to the scene and changed some of the facades to add interest.  I am going to use the pastels for color this time around.  There will be a lot of red in the trim pieces and I want the depth of color that the pastels give.

On the backyard front, I scared up Mr. Turtle yesterday while attempting to make a dent in the massive weeding chore in my flower beds.  He was hiding in the tall crabgrass and, to both of our surprise, there he was, exposed to the sky when I pulled the weeds free.  He scuttled away when I turned to toss them into the wheelbarrow.  It was a surprise little visit and I am sorry to have disturbed his home, but the weeds really are  out of hand.  It will take another week or two to get the flower beds even moderately presentable.  And I picked the first of the blackberries today.  I got over a quart, with the promise of much, much more next week.

Life’s curveball

Just when I think I have it all figured out, life throws me a curveball.  I thought the first of July would bring some regularity back to my life, but instead I have been concerned with a very ill close family member.  After a week and a half there is a bit of a new normal and I am trying to get some studio time in just for my sanity.

Nashville streetscape pencil

Nashville streetscape pencil

I had thought to be doing a series of smaller things, but with the ongoing events I don’t have the mental energy to make so many decisions.  I picked out an architectural streetscape which I liked for the trim colors and will be working on it (probably slowly).  I hope to post at least once a week for the time being.  Here is the moderately finished pencil up of downtown Nashville.  It’s pretty light but you can see it better if you click on it.  When it comes time, quite a bit of the trim is a lovely red.