Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tickets, Anyone?

Tickets, Anyone?
Watercolor 11" x 15" Mats to 16" x 20"

The watercolor above, Tickets, Anyone?, is a corner Broadway ticket booth in New York City during the early hours of the morning when everyone is still in bed.  :)    The early morning light is filtering through the tall buildings from the right side of the painting.  Of course, one could put people in the painting, but I prefer to let the play of light on the architectural structures be the focal point.  My opinion is that people in the painting would detract from the painting.

Watercolor Tip:
Let the white of the paper provide the highlists and illuminate all the other colors and tones in the painting.    Leave the areas in full sunlight completely white such as the dome, the front part of the sidewalk and part of the right side of the ticket booth.  Lighter areas of filtered sunlight are on the left side of the painting including the top of the building on the upper left.  The right side of the painting is in shadow shielded by one of the tall building on the right.  Keep the colors on the right darker. 

The ticket booth is the focal point and all the surrounding buildings are vague and favorite style of paintings.

Try a street scene and remember - just because there is a building or object in a photo or on location, one does not have to paint it. As an artist you have "artistic license" and can interpret a scene in anyway you chose!

Happy Painting!

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