Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Damascus Gate

Damascus Gate is an entrance to Old Jerusalem built during the times of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century. 

I sketch this with a simple black watercolor wash, painting around the white shapes of figures on the bridge.


Rich said...

Nice wash.
By the way, a pro pos wash - I just came across a statement about watercolors and the residues of a spent palette: Should they be washed/cleansed away?

The argument was, there are no "dirty" watercolors: it all depends upon the amount of water you put in them. Dilution seems to be the solution;-)

Kathleen Noble said...

You make it look and sound simple to create such an evocative, otherworldly scene - gorgeous!

Penny Taylor said...

When did you do this? - It always amazes me that something built so many centuries ago is still there. One of the first things I noticed was the oil window. (There's probably a real name for it, but I'm talking about the window directly above the gate they used to use to poor hot oil, etc. on invaders trying to break through the gate)

A Colonel of Truth said...

Simple is best; deceptive and beautiful.

James Gurney said...

Rich, I think it's a good idea to clean a palette. I am a lover of mud and mess, but when you need a pure color, you've got to have a clean space to mix it.

Penny, this was back in 1987 when I was on assignment for National Geographic in Israel and Jordan.