Sunday, September 15, 2019

Painting an Old Schoolhouse in Watercolor

I visit the Machado School in Morgan Hill, California, painting the back of the building. (Link to YouTube Video)

I share some instructional tips for rendering architecture in transparent watercolor and I talk about how I learned handwriting and drawing as an elementary school kid growing up in California.

Here are the colors in my little watercolor palette:
1. Permanent Carmine (tube watercolor): 
2. Payne’s Grey: 
3. Ultramarine blue:
4. Cerulean blue: 
5. Permanent green olive:
6. Cadmium red medium: 
7. Venetian red: 
8. Sepia: 
9. Raw Sienna: 
10. Gamboge: 
11. White gouache: 

Pentalic Aqua Journal sketchbook: 
Winsor and Newton Series 995 synthetic flat brush:
Richeson Travel brush set:
Water cup: 
Water-soluble colored pencils


Color and Light: A Guide for Realist Painters
Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist
Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time


Stephen and Nyree said...

I love the idea of starting with an old photograph in your mind. Envisioning it in a recorded and faded form. It adds direction and a sense of age and timelessness to something you have yet to create. I love it, thanks for sharing.

Virginia Fhinn said...

There's real magic in being able to interpret a scene to convey a feeling or a mood. I think of it as like transposing a tune to a different key. Thanks! Love those shadows