Thursday, June 13, 2013
Oak Park Salon
Painted with the Urban Landscape Painters in Oak Park. We meet on Wednesday and find an urban venue for painting. A bright sun was shining from the left onto this building. The tree cast strong cool shadows on the side and this caught my eye. I quickly sketched the shadows which were changing. Then set up my easel and started. The structure was first done with raw sienna and while still wet, I did some direct watercolor glazing with manganese blue. There is always risk in direct glazing since you have to wait for the final color to develop with drying. The method does produce more vivid hues.
Lots of visitors; some offering advice like, 'be sure and get the trees behind'. I love this urban scene for subject matter. Oak Park was once a very elegant neighborhood and is currently undergoing major changes. You still do not have to go far to find the old face of Oak Park.