This is the 5th day of my "watercolor-a-day" challenge, the theme of which is 'inspired by architecture'... but this painting has a second source of inspiration.
I was in temple services the other day for Yom Kippur, and one of my boys was bored out of his mind. I searched through my pocketbook for something he could entertain himself with, and found our High Holiday Pass (a small rectangular piece of paper).. In the past, he would fold origami for hours at a time, so I thought he might enjoy playing around with it. He made some sort of expanded pocket that looks a bit like the one below (which I came home and folded out of graph paper). I was inspired by his little paper folding because it brought to mind those amazing models that architects make of their building designs. I liked the idea of using graph paper (rather than our temple pass) because the lines help define the form.
Tomorrow I'd like to do the same sort of thing, but with the addition of house parts like doors, windows, stairs - all that good stuff.
If I were in this painting, I'd immediately walk down the stairs to the right and make my way to the water, stopping only for an iced coffee and possibly a small nosh to go with...
I like this color combo, may use again tomorrow... but I think Stair Land looks a bit sterile. Guess it needs a little park space like they have in the city - a couple trees and a bench in between some tall buildings. I love those spaces when I find them. I'm the person you'll find sitting on the bench, with my ice coffee and sketchbook.
This is really fun. Lately I've been LOVING watercolor, so the idea of making a quick painting every day is very appealing. If nothing else gets done, at least I've had about a half hour of peace in my studio. I especially love working with a limited color palette. I like to have a dark, medium and light color, and sometimes throw in black as well. Looking forward to tomorrow!
We're doing construction on the house and have been living here while it's built around us. I've never been that into drawing architecture, but lately it's been growing on me and working it's way into my sketchbook.
Since today starts a new month, I thought I'd give myself one of those daily sketchbook challenges that I tried a while back (but never reached the end of the month). This time I'm hopeful that I'll stick to it! I've given myself a theme - houses, or house parts, or anything architectural that inspires me. One a day.
I've started off with my house. It's not my house EXACTLY, because this is supposed to be fun. So I guess I should say that my house is the starting point, and this is where I went with it....
I was on the Cape this past week and had some amazing downtime. I mostly collected and drew on the smooth, oval rocks I found on the beach, but also found some time to paint. My friend Tina gave me a cute little water color pad of blank postcards. I found the small size of the paper to be somewhat liberating. Each painting was so quick, I had no time to stop and judge... can you feel my peace? xo v