I recently joined a local art group which is proving to be a great source of inspiration and motivation! You can read about my first visit in my post ‘I’ve got the watercolour bug‘.
The theme for the last session I went to was ‘rainy day’. After pondering for a while on how to approach this, I decided that I wanted to take the opportunity to test my skills in depicting reflections – something which I’ve always found very difficult, especially with watercolour which can sometimes have a mind of its own!
I found my reference photo of a shopping street in Japan on Google. I love the colours, the umbrellas and the interesting details and was particularly drawn to a Japanese scene, having spent hours watching Mateus Urbanowicz paint similar places in his vlogs.
I did a quick sketch in purple pencil to get the composition right, then outlined with dip pen and ink at the art group, before adding the first watercolour washes.
Over the next few days I built up the layers when I had a spare hour, making sure each one was thoroughly dry before applying the next.
There are so many details in this scene, I found it quite therapeutic to work through them all, one by one.
I couldn’t be happier with the final piece. It’s one of my favourite paintings to date and makes me feel like I’m really getting the hang of colour mixing and watercolour glazing. I always say this about my new paintings, but I have a feeling that it will be a while before I like one as much as this!