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Old 07-15-2017, 10:58 AM
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"Abandoned" - Watercolor by Hollan Holmes

During my return from a recent trip to Idaho, I found this old abandoned farm house, right next to the highway. Since I love old, dilapidated wood structures, I stopped and took a few photos. For whatever reason, a photo of one of the windows appealed to me and I decided to paint it. This watercolor, the first one I've done since October of 2016, took about 20 hours to complete and I had a blast putting it together.

There is a feeling of sadness, however, when walking among such structures. What misfortune led to it being abandoned? What became of the people who lived there. The hardship they must have endured. The farm life is a life of damned hard work and no guarantee of success. I can only imagine the memories attached to this old, rotting house that was once someone's home. I felt compelled to try to capture all of that in this painting.

I used a very simple set-up:
Sakura Koi 18 watercolor set
a stainless steel ruler

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Strathmore 400 series cold press (probably 80 lb.)

I used painters tape to tape the paper to a drawing board. I completed the drawing mostly freehand, but used a ruler to achieve the straight lines I needed for accuracy. I'm left-handed, so I started in the upper right corner and worked my way across to lower right. Because of the technique I use, it's easier to paint wood grain vertically, so any horizontal elements were achieved by turning the drawing 90 degrees on my desk so the the horizontal elements were oriented in a vertical direction. Breaking from the purist tradition, I did use a small amount of Chinese White to highlight a couple of edges here and there, but 99% of the painting was achieved using only traditional pigments and no opaque paint.

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Re: "Abandoned" - Watercolor by Hollan Holmes

Amazing piece of work. What is the size?
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Re: "Abandoned" - Watercolor by Hollan Holmes

HHH, The textures you have painted are great. I also really like the reflections in what is left of the glass.
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P.S.- - - The bent nails are another sweet touch.
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Re: "Abandoned" - Watercolor by Hollan Holmes

Doh! Can't believe I forgot to post the size... it's 12"x12", sorry.

Thanks for the kind words. :-)

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HHH, wow! Your style and technique along with tips are with amazing results. Is this all transparent watercolor If so, I will be obliged to move it to the Watercolor forum.
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Kay,
This is indeed transparent watercolor. My bad, thought it was where it belonged. Feel free to move it and thank you. :-)

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Hhh - fantastic! Incredible that there is still glass in the window.
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Love this, and the textures you got in there.
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Cristel,
Funny, that's exactly what I thought! The entire structure is crumbling and here's this entire pane of glass, still intact after what, maybe a hundred years? Yeah, pretty amazing. Of course, it was so grungy that you couldn't see through it, but not even so much as a chip or a crack.

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Thanks. Yeah, the textures were fun to try to reproduce. I love old stuff. The more rusted, beaten up and weathered, the better.

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WOW. This is so very beautifully done!!! You make me want to paint windows, and I really don't want to paint windows, ha!!
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Fantasstic work!!!

I love the way you used varied textures for the wood. Splendid painting!!

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Wow! Exceptional realism on the woodwork.

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I thought that was the photo you took, I was looking for the painting...fantastic work.
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Beautiful detail and colors -- love it!
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