View Full Version : St Emilions, Southwest France

09-29-2013, 05:22 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Sep-2013/1349289-003.JPG Done on Arches 16x12, with Cotman WC. It is based on a photo from flickr. I still have to put in the trees in the background, and the grape vines in the foreground, as well as add details around the windows, etc. Comments, critique welcome! :thumbsup:

09-29-2013, 07:31 PM
Looking good! You might want to make the shadows a little deeper on the appropriate sides of the building, to give it some more depth. Can't wait to see it with the plants!

09-29-2013, 07:34 PM
Thanks! I really have to watch my shadows...I did darken a few of them...I stopped for the night. I'll have to come back to it tomorrow with a fresh eye and check the shadows for depth and accuracy of direction! :crossfingers:

09-29-2013, 08:35 PM
Would a very thin wash of sepia over the shadowed portions of the building be a good idea?

09-29-2013, 10:00 PM
Actually, it would be a glaze, not a wash... :clap:

09-30-2013, 01:41 AM
Perspective is off on the tower roof. Left hand side should slope down to the left, right side to the right.


09-30-2013, 04:04 AM
You're right, Doug. It was a subtle slant to begin with and it got lost in the shadows under the eaves. I'll see what I can do tomorrow...

09-30-2013, 04:48 AM
A nice start -

09-30-2013, 09:50 AM
Doug is the expert on perspective regarding painting buildings. I noticed something not quite right but am not qualified to make any suggestions in how to help you. You've been given some good advice on how to improve your painting. So far it's nicely painted.

09-30-2013, 10:14 AM
What I noticed more than the tower roof line, is the front roof line on the right...it curves. It didn't when I started! But as I added shading, etc, it for away from me. Other than trying to lift the color, I'm not sure what to do. I might end up with a worse problem.

09-30-2013, 11:13 AM
I really like your colors!

There's an excellent book on perspective that makes it easy to understand for artists:

The Art of Perspective (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1581808550/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=11788119669&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8505242731960985426&hvpone=16.98&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_8436t65ov0_e)

I think this, along with Your Artist's Brain (http://www.amazon.com/Your-Artists-Brain-right-brain/dp/1440308446/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380554008&sr=1-1&keywords=your+artists+brain), are the two most important books for any beginner.


09-30-2013, 11:15 AM
There's also a class on street scenes which has lots of info on perspective in the link in my signature.


09-30-2013, 11:59 AM
Doug, is that listed under workshops?

09-30-2013, 12:02 PM
Yes, Street Scenes and perspective.

Doug (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=259441)

09-30-2013, 12:55 PM
A really nice start. The part of perspective, IMO, that sticks out like a sore thumb is the verticals....but it is the easiest to do. Verticals do need to be vertical and a few of yours are a little off. I look forward to your progress.

09-30-2013, 01:48 PM
And then there's Frank Webb (http://www.internationalwatercolors.com/frank%20webb%20watercolor%20artists.htm) :-)


09-30-2013, 08:11 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Sep-2013/1349289-005.JPG Here is an updated photo of tonight's progress. Hopefully the vertical lines are straightened. :crossfingers: The grapevines might give me some trouble...:eek: Comments, critique welcome!

09-30-2013, 08:44 PM
Yes, I see the spot in the middle roof. It is now fixed. :eek:

10-01-2013, 12:13 PM
Will work on grape vines tonight. Hopefully the perspective is better now. Scroll down for updated photo. :crossfingers: