Minneapolis Skyline Colourful Abstract

This week we were set to do a skyline, most of the class wanted to do one of Minneapolis. While a few of us looked and found possibles, the teacher came in with something completely different, a very colourful, stylized skyline, which we were to emulate.

My first thoughts went to the painting “Morning Cyclist” by Fealing LIn, which we’d copied some time ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed. I decided to make mine in a similar fashion.

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Another Work in Progress. The subject is the granddaughter of our teacher’s friend.

I love the practice strokes I made (first painted image with all the figures on it). I tried it from different angles and slight different colours (still mainly in the quin burnt orange and french ultramarine). It’s my favourite part of this particular exercise so far.

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“Bruce, the Aussie Dog”

Last week and this was another quick study, this time of a very cute Australian shepherd (we think). I don’t know what its name is, so I decided it was a Bruce.

The fuzziness was what we were after, and that happened with wetting the paper, then painting in the background, leaving space for the dog, and letting the pigment bleed in, leaving the fuzzy edges.

While the paper was still wet, we also dropped in some quin burnt orange, raw sienna, and some chromatic black for the colouring on the dog’s fur, while still keeping everything nice and fuzzy.

This week I finished up by darkening the background a bit more, and adding in the eyes, nose, and mouth, finishing it off with some white gouache for the spectral highlights in the eyes, and the two white dots on its nose.

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The Old Mill, in the style of Andy Evansen

From a picture provided by our teacher, we painted after watching local Minnesota watercolourist¬†Andy Evansen‘s video¬†Andy Evansen: Secrets of Painting Watercolor Outdoors. In the video, Andy tells us: “Get in and get out” as well as a lot of other really great advice.

Following a few weeks of doing fast and loose painting of flowers, I was set to try this on a landscape.

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