View Full Version : ~ Urban Stampede II ~ WIP

10-16-2005, 01:05 AM
After doing this painting in Acrylics with very disappointing results (to me), I am giving it a go in watercolor. I have missed working in watercolor, and although I don't think I have my sea legs completely back, I am enjoying the heck out of working with wc again.

Here is the beginning of the watercolor version of our local coffee shoppe called the Urban Stampede. It also hosts the World's Smallest Art Gallery where I had my first, and only :rolleyes: art show. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=267686

This is 22 x 17 inches, Fabriano UNO HP. (yes, I need my head examined!)

Initial wash, and masking fluid in place and splattered about.


Today's effort... working through various places, no particular order or method.


A bit of a close up of parts worked on. Masking fluid is still on:


Close-up of the bottom of the lamp post showing how I'm just dropping in color and letting it do what watercolor does. Sorry for the less than stellar photo. It's night time and I'm trying to hold the camera steady while the shutter takes longer to open and close.


I'll be back.

Kate Mc
10-16-2005, 03:57 AM
WOOHOO. I'm loving this. Thanks for the close ups. :clap:

I'm waiting for more.

Hurry up!


10-16-2005, 04:06 AM
Don't forget your gradations , Deb!
Heard anything from our pal from DC yet? :(

10-16-2005, 08:06 AM
Hey there..:wave:

I will be back..:)

10-16-2005, 11:02 AM
Don't forget your gradations , Deb!
Heard anything from our pal from DC yet? :(
Hi June :wave:

The gradations are there, sort of, kinda, well, a little bit. The photo is really lousy. Night time, and probably a bit too dark for saturation.

No word from our friend. :( I'm very concerned.

Kate :wave: , JJ :wave:

10-16-2005, 07:06 PM
Today's update.

More detail on the main window. Removed the masking fluid there and dropped in color where needed. Defined some shapes and areas, i.e. the tree.


And a close-up. (Yes, I use white in my paintings :)



10-16-2005, 07:55 PM
Glad I mentioned the "orange" in the Gallery, otherwise I would have missed this...looking real good!

10-16-2005, 08:45 PM
I had every good intention of getting here yesterday... I'm glad that I haven't missed your big finish, yet... Looking good... really, really good...

10-17-2005, 09:02 AM
This is excellent. I love the window and the deep colors against that fantastic orange. Yes, this is going to be a great one.

Celeste McCall
10-17-2005, 09:08 AM
Oh yeah, Oh yeah.....doing the happy dance...... :) :) :)

Way to go Deb....keep going. ;)

Looking terrific. ;) :) :) :)

10-17-2005, 10:58 PM
Tonight's work. This looks distorted for a couple of reasons. First of all, the digital camera is not an SLR so nothing I ever photograph looks square. I end up custom rotating and cropping the edges to get a clean .jpg to upload so that makes it crooked, plus the paper is a bit wavy because it's a little bit wet. IRL the road isn't going uphill so dis-jointedly.



Kate Mc
10-18-2005, 03:36 AM
Oh, Deb! this is coming along wonderfully! I'm with Tom--I love the darks and the shapes in the window. And you've got some great shapes going in that tree, too! Waiting for the next installment.....


10-18-2005, 09:12 AM
yeah! Deb !
This is looking really Good!

10-20-2005, 09:34 PM
Plugging away. Upper window is not crooked IRL. Paper is a bit buckled. (I don't stretch my paper, but rather flatten when I'm all done).

I worked mainly on the tree, and did quite a bit of glazing on the car and lower windows.



10-21-2005, 05:45 PM
So this is where you are hanging out......!! :D
I should visit the studio more often, I am missing too much valuable information and wonderful threads .
I love to see how you bring this painting to life Deb, I've got a question though, is the purple in your first wash really that purple, and if so, how come it doesn't show up in the next steps??

I really like how you let the paints and water work, creating great textures!!

Be back :) :wave:


10-21-2005, 10:42 PM
This is very pretty. The colors are great and I am liking the effect of the splattered masking fluid.


10-22-2005, 03:34 AM
Deb, this is coming along so nicely!!! Although the acrylic version has its own special flare too, I must admit you are simply great at watercolors!!! Waiting anxiously for a Grande Finale!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

10-22-2005, 06:35 AM
Deb looking good, I am glad you chose to do it in watercolor, I can only dream of getting results like this.. looking forward to the finale too

Celeste McCall
10-22-2005, 07:48 AM
Hi Deb,
This is brilliant!

However, the yellow car looked much more real before the windows and wheel well were darkened. Now it would be best to darken every once in a while on the yellow paint to help lose an edge there as

1. yellow will draw the eye first and with the darkest darks there, then it almost traps the eye...especially the wheel area.

2. When there are no occassional lost edges between wheel well and yellow paint, then there is a disjoint and the car becomes fragmented looking as opposed to being a complete unit. The windows....same thing.

Other than this small nit....and I know that you are still working on this and probably going to glaze that yellow car and lose some edges here and there....then this is going to be a stunning piece of work. :) That window area is absolutely genius!

(There is a quote by an famous artist who said to begin a painting by laying in the darkest value near focal area....then, nothing can be darker anywhere else within the painting and all other values are compared and adjusted accordingly.)

Lots of clappies and smilies so far. Can't wait to see the finish. ;)

10-22-2005, 08:49 AM
Wooweeeeeee Deb, this is coming along beautifully..

So rich and luscious!!

I am inclined to agree with Celeste about the car, can you lighten the wndows again a little??

I absolutely LOVE that cafe window!!

10-22-2005, 11:43 AM
Good morning everyone! :wave:

Hi Carola :wave: , Thank you for hunting me down. :) No, the purple wasn't that dark in the first photo. The light was terrible so while the orangish color was correct the purple showed too dark. The second photo is almost perfect for showing the actual initial wash color. Night time lighting is definitely challenging. :eek:

Heather, Olga and Dominick, and JJ :wave: -- thank you for your encouraging words. I must admit, I'm having my doubts about this painting this far into it. I think it's like anything I work on -- I lose sight of what I'm looking at. (not sure that made sense). Plus I've got about 6 paintings/drawings going on at once now, and other than losing my mind... I'm ok. :eek:

Celeste, lifesaver friend!! :wave: I had worked on this some more before I read your post and I see the same problem area you speak of. I am uploading last night's efforts and as you can see other than some added darks in the tree (there will be more) and some depth to the lower walls, I concentrated mainly on the car. I have a yellow arrow pointed at what I consider my biggest problem area :( and would like some, any, all, suggestions to help for that part. I also removed quite a bit of paint on all of the windows and glazed with cobalt teal -- which left some pretty cool granulations. I love granulation :) I also used it for the shading on the back of the car. I'm a sucker for ochre and aqua combos. :) And, finally, how crazy of an idea is it to add a wash of gesso to the car? Not a perfect covering of the entire car, but rather a haphazardly wash? Oh, and before I do more work on the car, I going to fill in the rest of the building and finish the upper windows because there will be quite a bit more orange in this painting so the whole look may change dramatically, or maybe semi-dramatically. :)

Cafe window rocks.. even I think so ;). I'm going to leave the first one as is, somewhat unfinished looking ... just because. :evil:




10-22-2005, 03:23 PM
Hey Deb! :wave:
I like this version much better than the Acr****c version! :evil:
Cuz it has YOUR watercolour style!

I'm confused about why you want to put gesso over the car? :confused: What kind of effect would it give?


(I just bought a jar of gesso, so that's why I'm asking...)

10-22-2005, 09:16 PM
The car is perfect now. Leave it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love the unfinished cafe window, give the main one centre stage!!

10-22-2005, 11:41 PM
I finished the Urban, and will be posting it in the gallery. JJ, I didn't do much more to the car, but I did do a "Nick" and gave it a wash with purple which toned it down nicely. Patty, I was going to use the gesso for the same reason, but went with the purple wash instead.

See you all in the gallery. :wave:


10-23-2005, 12:54 AM
See you all in the gallery. :wave:

Oops, forgot to do this during my window of opportunity.