216 (9.5 x 13.5 watercolor) $175
This is the same alley I painted for “Alley Shortcut,” but on the opposite side of the street facing the other way. Once again I’m looking into the sun as it peeks out from the clouds. This time it’s afternoon sun and it strikes the alley at an angle so the back lit effect is not quite so pronounced.
I must admit I like painting alleys. There’s something sublime about making trash cans beautiful.
Painted in multiple transparent washes. Most of the painting has at least five or six transparent layers of paint. The palette is brown madder, quinacridone rose, cobalt blue, phthalo blue, cerulean blue, and raw sienna.
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The Sun Peeks Out at 2nd Street (10 x 14 watercolor) $250
Once again the sun on wet pavement caught my eye. But this time it’s mid afternoon and threatening to rain again soon. The light was spectacular. Sunlight streaming from between the clouds always seems so much brighter.
The street is the Corvallis street I know best, SW 2nd looking south toward Art in the Valley and The New Morning Bakery.
The palate is what is becoming my new standard: phthalo blue, cobalt blue, quinacridone brown madder, and raw sienna. I painted conventionally working from light to dark in multiple transparent layers. The “blacks” are phthalo blue and brown madder.
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10th and Washington (watercolor 11 x 15) $200
Last month, my husband and I were out and about in downtown Portland, after having spent the early afternoon at Powell’s Bookstore. Stephen patiently followed me around the hot pavement as I photographed street after street. The sun was brilliant after a cloudy spring, and the light on the streets and buildings almost blinding.
Here’s my first attempt at the heat and glow of that afternoon. I began by giving the paper of light wash of quinacridone gold. After the wash dried I very carefully sketched out the scene. Then I washed the sky with cobalt blue and the pavement with a mixture of quinacridone deep red rose and gold. Next, I masked a very few small light details.
With the paper ready to begin painting in earnest I began with the shadows and the lamp. The shadows are phthalo blue and deep red rose. The lamp is the same plus some burnt sienna. I painted the man in the window next and then glazed over him and the window multiple times. Then I loosely dropped in the tree and the background foliage at the end of the street. After that I worked up and down the buildings washing in the light and building up the darks.
In the end I think the shaded part of the building on the right takes up too much attention, but I’m not sure. I’ll try something similar again soon.
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