Monday, 28 May 2012

Working from Sketches

When travelling, I make sketches and notes and some may remember I posted some pages from my watercolour sketch book on my return from Venice. One of the sketches was of this interesting church in Cannaregio.

I decided it was about time I tried to work something up from that sketch. The result is here. I did try to retain some of the freshness of the sketch but pay a little more regard to the value relationships. I'm not sure I've got those quite right as some of the shadows aren't strong enough. However, it still has some feeling of light so I can't complain too much.


Madonna dell Orto - Watercolour on Not paper 12" x 9"

13 comments:

Vinayak Deshmukh said...

This is beautifully done. I agree you have captured the light very well.

Nora MacPhail said...

The feeling of light is marvelous!
Happy Painting.

Ray Maclachlan said...

You have caught the light very well Mick. Perhaps the tone of the water in shadow could be a little deeper.

Dan Kent said...

Very nice! It's so interesting doing white buildings in watercolor, isn't it? I am working on one now and it is great fun.

Mick Carney said...

Vinayak - Thanks so much for your kind comment.

Mick Carney said...

Nora - Thanks for your interest.

Mick Carney said...

Ray - I agree those shadows could be deeper.

Mick Carney said...

Dan - You're right white buildings, strong light provide interesting challenges for the watercolourist.

Peter Ward said...

Very nice Mick. Bit more contrast, (and possibly stronger colours in a few places, perhaps?

Caroline Simmill said...

A beautiful painting Mick, full of light. Good to be able to see your painting of Venice. I hope you had a lovely holiday.

Mick Carney said...

Peter - Thanks. Agreed, more contrast required but we impoverished denizens of the extremities of HM's kingdom haven't got the resources to acquire anything but a limited palette.

Mick Carney said...

Caroline - How good to hear from you. I've missed your posts and spotted somewhere that you have been having technology problems. Hope this means you'll be posting again soon.

Peter Ward said...

Impoverished denizens! I was beginning to think you must have won the lottery with all your gadding about. Get buying a few Daniel Smith or Graham paints.