Originally Posted by Keith2
There's a few pages of good advice on buildings in "Charles Reid's Watercolour Secrets"
Thanks for reminding me to re-read 'Watercolour Secrets'. It only took 15 minutes to read most/all of the text in the landscape section, but what a wealth of advice.
"One of my 'usually true' rules is that a painting with 75 percent large shapes and 25 percent small shapes will be more effective than a painting with 25 percent large shapes and 75 percent small shapes. Busier, fussier paintings tend to be less effective"
"Minimize the number of times you change values in a painting. If you see four or more values, squint to see if you could combine some of them so your composition will be more unified."
and my personal favourite: "Before you paint a scene, decide what interests you most. What first caught your eye? What part of the scene will be difficult to paiint, or will detract from the overall composition? Skip that part if possible, or find a way too deemphasize (sic) it."