What do you see?Posted: January 23, 2015
The warmer temperature today has softened everything. Turned the snow to slush and the ice to puddles. The same is true for the view from the window at school. Montreal looks soft and blurred. So what do you sketch when nothing is really clear? I struggled with this for a while before I tried to describe with a brush what I saw. The answer for me is to paint what you see, and if you can’t see much then that’s what you paint. So, the sky was first. I used a big mop brush to wet the top 3/4 of the paper and went in fast with colour. In this sketchbook the paper dries quickly and there are no second chances. After that I painted the big shape of the city with one wash that had some warm and some cool areas. When that dried, I added in some horizontal and vertical shapes, nothing too defined. Lastly I put in the bits of smoke from the industrial chimneys with some touches of Titanium White.