Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Every day in May no. 9


Had a little more time today, so I drew part of the view from our kitchen window. This cityscape is quite interesting - the colors in it change from day to day. On an overcast day all the houses look a dull dirty light brown or light red, in spring sunsets the colors explode with the warmth from the sun, showing everything from white to shiny yellow to deep red to forest green... Shadows change all day, sculpting the shapes of the houses and trees. It would be interesting to draw the same view over and over during a sunny day to capture the play of light. Or wait, has that been done already at some point in art history? :)

8 x 12 cm, Lamy Safari, Noodler´s Lexington Grey and watercolors on a small Moleskine Watercolor page.

19 comments:

gingermoggy said...

Oooh! Nina! Very cool! You surpass yourself!
Jules

Felicity said...

You really are excellent at drawing buildings and giving them life. The colours here are amazing.

Anna said...

Beautiful city image! Great to have such a good view... I think you should do it - paint the same view throughout the day and the year as well, kind of like Roz's daily dots, but perhaps not as often!

Bonny said...

Gorgeous painting, Nina! The colours are fantastic! I like the idea of using grey ink.
Fabulous! I really like this one.

shirley said...

Nina,
This painting took my breath away. I love that sensation as the page uploads and it is a feast! Amazingly wonderful colors. I'm currently in a rooftop craving mode and just pulled out one of my photos from Italy to work on.

Dave said...

Oh yes, beautifully drawn and there are some lovely, subtle colours in there.

Natalie Ford said...

I should stop reading artists' blogs and draw - maybe by practicing I might one day be as good as you all and not feel so awed! ;-p

SCquiltaddict said...

Lovely job...great colors!

Keith said...

Thank you so much for your comment (and visit) to my sketch blog (http://how-did-i.blogspot.com/ ) I really appreciate it. The fact that you said that you liked MY city drawings is a gigantic compliment. I've actually visited your site many times before and have always been deeply impressed with your work. Your color work is so lovely and evocative. It would be amazing to watch you apply it and to ask, as you did, about your thought process. I've never been good with color.

Deborah said...

Very lovely and a great drawing. Your colors are beautiful!

Jenny said...

It's always a delight to see your drawings and paintings. I love your cityscape, especially your beautiful colors.

Christeen said...

I really admire this painting- buildings are tough for me to paint- but you make it look so easy! Great watercolor!

Sandy said...

What a gorgeous view and with the ever changing color/shadows I would have a hard time leaving the window - you captured it beautifully.

drb said...

Enjoyed your work. Very pleasant.

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José Louro said...

What can i say...

brian nelson said...

Most excellent! I love it!

Lin said...

OOOHHH -- SIMPLY GORGEMENTOUS!!! COLORS, LINES, COMPOSITON!! INCREDIBLE!

Anita said...

Fantastic scene and brilliant sketch.

Africantapestry said...

This is gorgeous Nina! Your buildings has beautiful atmosphere and texture and the compositioin is just beautiful. Love this!
Ronell