Adding a bit of drama

Sometimes scanning a sketch or painting allows me to see things I might not have previously noticed, like in this sketch of the windmill in Pointe Claire. The sky was very dark and dramatic at the horizon line today but I didn’t really paint it dark enough(see the top version). After scanning it a first time, I went back and rewet and darkened the sky, let it dry and then scanned it again. The difference is subtle but I think it adds a bit of drama and also helps in separating the sky from the lake.




20 Comments on “Adding a bit of drama”

  1. Patti says:

    Definitely makes a difference, more ominous! Love that old mill, so Pointe Claire!!!


  2. p sanchez says:

    Shari I love you sketches and especially when you point out some techniques I’m trying to get a handle on. Do you have some pointers for getting the rocky textures without overworking the piece? Thank you for the time you take to paint and post so often. Pat


    • For rocks and stone texture I make sure to change the colour of the wash as I go along. I try to make every square inch a little bit different, warmer or cooler, lighter or darker. Then I go in with some darker areas and build it up like that. I try not to mix up one big puddle of gray and paint the whole structure with that same mix.


  3. Fleet Woodley says:

    That’s so neat. I love that old stone windmill. I bet that gets a good breeze off the lake. Does it still work?

    See what you mean about subtle. In the second version the lower part of the sky looks fuller and more 3 dimensional though.

    ~ Fleetwood


    • It can be windy in that spot Fleet but it was actually a calm day. The windmill doesn’t work any more but there are lots of people who come by to see it every day. I even saw someone leading a guided historical tour there.


  4. Les says:

    I really like this piece. It looks like you might have used ink to delineate the cracks in the stone work? Looking at the zoom image I really like these lines. Must have been fun to do.

    Another thank you for discussing your technique.


  5. Rhonda says:

    Beautiful…..I love the detail in the stone.


  6. Paula says:

    Ink at the stones? Very nice!


  7. The darker sky gives more contrast to the colors in the stone. It’s very nice


  8. croquedessin says:

    You did well, it’s subtle but it give more contrast. Beautiful !


  9. george smith says:

    Stunning and deft handling of the colors on the windmill. It’s just one more lesson , to me, of the possibilities watercolor offer. There is nothing left to say – you are awesome, Shari.


  10. Lee Kline says:

    Your handling of the stone windmill is so effective. I like it so much that I’m jealous.


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