|Reference photo for "Traveling towards Delft."|
To begin, I drew a faint horizontal line to divide the sky from the landscape. I placed it lower than the middle of the paper because I wanted to emphasize the sky (Step #1). I also blocked in several building shapes, and the church steeple on the right. Next, I dampened the paper in the upper section, and laid in some loose washes of Cobalt Blue mixed with a little Burnt Sienna. I made sure to leave plenty of white for the clouds. When it was dry, I went back and added another wash of Cobalt in a few areas to deepen the sky, especially near the horizon line. At this early stage I began adding sky reflections to the canal running through the middle of the fields. I left several rectangular areas white, which would later become roofs of buildings. I sped up the drying time using a hairdryer.
Then I began the darker foliage along the horizon, painting around the building shapes (Step #2). For this, I used Shadow Green, Undersea Green, and a little Sepia. I added the green foreground, using a light wash of Green Gold mixed with Hooker's Green. While this was damp, I used Undersea Green to emphasize the furrows on the field area.
|"Traveling by Train to Delft" transparent watercolor|
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