Carmel Mission Painting

I have to start off by saying that I’m an artist not so much a writer. So this is a bit out of my comfort zone.

Painting is way in my comfort zone. So this will be a blog about things I might be working on, new techniques I’m trying and my favorite giving you a chance to watch the process of my painting.

So a few months ago I was chatting with my 15 yr old grand daughter Jade. I was showing her all my watercolor ideas and my updated website. She said grandma! you need to make a video of yourself doing a watercolor painting. My reply was I don’t think anyone will hang around for four or five hours to watch it. So Jade proceeded to show me the process of a time lapse video, so a painting that takes between 4 to 5 hours now magically can be viewed in three minutes flat! Who knew?  Adding some catchy music in the background was a nice touch as well.  So the here it is my first of many videos to come. 

Carmel Mission in California.

1- I started with a wood panel that I mounted Arches watercolor paper to. (I’ll be doing a future video of that process) 

2- Then I made a light sketch without any real detail. 

3- Next I brushed in water over the sky and let it dry a bit then dropped in the sky color letting it fuze into the water.

4- I like to get the bright colors of greenery and flowers in next so they don’t get mixed into other colors. We don’t want any muddy color!

5- Just kept on layering more color and detail in between drying and “Walah” you have a finished painting of the old mission in Carmel, California! 

 

Another recent painting of the mission in Tucson Arizona, the San Xavier

http://www.renaehill.net/architecture/mission-san-xavier

I’d love to here any comments you have or feel free to ask questions in the space below.