Venice No.2 – Watercolour
Now for another Venetian scene. As you can see a fairly intricate drawing paying special attention to the bridge itself.
For the sky wash I used cobalt blue on the pre wet sky area and for this I used my 3/4″ wash brush because there is not much sky you have to be fairly careful around those buildings.
For the next image I have used my No 8 round brush, for those little buildings in the distance use some well watered yellow ochre and a little bit of light red dropped in here and there. I have also used well watered light red for the roves. For the tree, hookers green, a little bit of yellow ochre followed by a tiny touch of cobalt blue whilst it was still wet. Notice at this stage that I have also put some shadows into these areas still with the same brush and a mixture of cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna.
In the next image I simply reflected the same colours into what will be the water area but don’t make them too sharp, have theses a little bit wobbly. For the bridge I have used Charles Evans Sand followed by a little bit of the shadow colour underneath the arch of the bridge. Intimate some people using my rigger brush and for these you can use any colours you want.
Notice at this stage I have also finished off the building on the right hand side using a little bit of Raw umber followed by a tiny touch of light red. For the veranda type things use cobalt blue and burnt sienna and my rigger brush.
For the next image its the big building on the right. Firstly I have pre wet this and used my 3/4″ wash brush to drop in some sand on the top middle and bottom. Then whilst all this was still wet, fill in all the rest with raw umber and drop on a little bit of yellow ochre, light red and cobalt blue all separately and just let the colours run and merge together. As soon as this had dried I put that intimation of detail at the top of the building with my round brush and raw umber.
Now over to the other side for the next image. Again its a pre wet and don’t paint any of the colours solidly, just let then run all together. Firstly yellow ochre, followed by raw umber pretty wet, then add a little bit of green to the raw umber for this bottom left hand side of the building. Finally a touch of cobalt blue here and there. Just let them all squish about a bit.For the bridge itself, again a pre wet. I used my No 8 round brush with Charles Evans Sand followed by a few hints of blue. For the reflections for the left I used my 3/4″ wash brush and dragged downwards a few hints of blue, followed by a little bit of raw umber mixed with yellow ochre.
The same process for the reflection on the right side but dragging down a stronger mix of yellow ochre and raw umber with a hint of sand.Notice at this points I have been careful to go around the gondolas.
In the next stage I’ve used my No 8 round brush to put a hint of stone work in on the right hand building using raw umber. For the Windows a mix of cobalt blue and burnt sienna. Remembering to leave a few white bits between the windows panes. The same mixtures, brush and processes on the left hand building.
Now a hint of hookers green mixed with burnt sienna to the base of the buildings and into the reflection. Notice also that I have also reflected the windows here and there.
For the next image I have gone to the bridge itself, a nice strong shadow underneath the arch of the bridge using cobalt blue and burnt sienna. For the hints of detail on the bridge I used my No 8 round brush with a mixture of cobalt blue and light red fairly well watered but don’t go too mad with this detail.
In the next image some good strong shadows using a mixture of cobalt blue, alizarin crimson and burnt sienna. The diagonal line of shadow across the bridge is fairly important as is the shadow cast by the left hand buildings on the right hand building. Don’t be afraid, be brave and go strong with the shadow.
Notice how strong I have kept the shadow around the windows.
Nowits times for the water. Use a mixture of cobalt blue, a tiny touch of hookers green and a tiny touch of burnt sienna. I have used my 3/4″ wash brush and quick horizontal strokes so as not to disturb the paint in the reflections too much. Again be careful around the gondolas.
Now for the gondolas themselves. I have used my No 8 round brush for the main bodies and boats. For the good strong black of the gondolas, use a mixture of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. Importantly get some bits of red in here and there. As for the clothing of the people you can really use any colours you wish, its up to you what colour they are clothed in.
Using this black mix and still my No 8 round brush, paint the reflections of the boats again not making them too solid. For their poles I used my rigger brush and a mixture of raw umber with cobalt blue. Soften this colour and mush it up a bit as it goes into the water.
Any white left in these areas is purely the white of the paper.
Finally using that mixture of cobalt blue, hookers green and burnt sienna put some darker areas into the water going through the reflections of the boats and the building leaving plenty of light here and there giving stronger ripples in the foreground and in the centre. Then with this darker mix and my No 8 round brush, paint some darker ripples where the poles go into the water.
There we go a finished picture of Venice, I hope you enjoy this one even through its not an easy one.