Sunday, August 9, 2009

San Francisco Street

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Watercolor--140# Acid Free Cold Press Watercolor Paper.
15.5" h x 7" w

13 comments:

Lesley Spanos said...

Nice use of complementary colors to show distance, Bill!

Bill Gavin said...

Lesley--Thank you very much.

Angela Elledge said...

Beautiful color palette throughout your painting, one of the areas that I just love is the upper left. I think your layering of buildings is just tight and abstract enough to read as buildings...hope that makes sense.

Also, love your Honorable Mention painting below, wonderful contrast of geometric shapes with the organic shapes, very well done.

AutumnLeaves said...

You captured that broze-y look I was trying to capture in the first building on the left (and failed miserably at). This is beautiful!

Claire said...

Very nice job on this challenge - love the colors in this!

Bill Gavin said...

Angela--Thanks for your thoughts. I sometimes get lost in the details and forget that they are the icing on the cake. I tried to restrain myself with just enough information for it to read.

Bill Gavin said...

AutumnLeaves--Don't give up. Watercolor is a very frustrating medium. The building color is Holbein-New Gamboge and Holbein-Opera (tube paints). When mixed together they produces a vibrant yellow-orange. I like their paints because they don't dry out.

Bill Gavin said...

Claire--Thank you. I have been using more Holbein brand paints. To me they are more transparent and brighter.

Mark Bridges said...

Hi Bill, nice work with the complementary colors.

Bill Gavin said...

Mark-- Thanks for your comment and visit.

dominique eichi said...

LOve your colors. Thanks for stopping by.

Carol Horzempa said...

Very nice watercolor painting of a city street scene, Bill. Love how you simplified the buildings in the back to just shapes and color.

Bill Gavin said...

Dominique, Carol-- Thanks. I have been trying not to overwork the paintings...not easy.