Terraced Houses

AFERRACE Ol TOWN HOUSES CREATES A CHAl FENCE IO THE A ICH ST IN TERMS OF THE I INEAR PERSPECTIVE OI I HE DRAWING. AND I III I'ONAL PERSPECT IVE Ol TT IE PAINTING. CLOSE OBSERVATION Ol SURI ACE TEXTURES, REFLECTIONS IN WINDOWS AND DETAILS SUCH AS FLOWERING WINDOW BOXES WILL GREAT LY ENHANCE THE COMPOSITION. Raw sienna was used as an underwash for bricks Raw sienna was used as an underwash for bricks Reflections from window panes are important. Glass only reflects from its surroundings, which...

Courtyards Cloisters and Quiet Corners

The spiritual aspect of architecture - and the peaceful atmosphere that can exist within the quiet environment of buildings that hare a long and fascinating history - is an elusive quality to capture in a painting. Several of the buildings featured here were found in the southern Mediterranean, while one or two were found much closer to home. Common to all of them is the nature of the purpose for which they were built - to provide open-air spaces for some reason, usually concerned with...

Sunlight and Shadows

This suni it courtyard immediately caught my attention. tlliz overhanging trees and rami'ant ivy created a wealth of dappled shadows, and the sharp edges of the walls were broken by shafts of light as the warm summer breeze filled the air. The warmth of the stone required a light undercoat of raw sienna washed across the walls and floor. While this was still damp, a few drops of burnt sienna were applied. The wet paint bled, allowing the natural qualities of the burnt sienna to create a few...

The brickwork provides a good foil for mil stark ness of mil wood particularly if it has been painted or whitewashed

Old, stained flaking wood is best painted by using few colours and a lot of water. Many tones will develop with time, and it is this ageing process that increases the interest of minor details such as doors, and turns them into appealing features Both colours were applied to wet paper as watery washes and allowed to run and bleed freely This colour is ideal for recording rust stains on wood Old, stained flaking wood is best painted by using few colours and a lot of water. Many tones will...

Windows and Doors

WITHOUT WINDOWS AND DOORS, A BUILDING IS LITTLE MORE THAN AN UNINHABITABLE SHELL. IN FACT, IT IS OFTEN THESE FEATURES THAT PERSONALIZE BUILDINGS AND TURN THEM INTO RECOGNIZABLE HOMES. Windows and doors give more clues to the human element than most other parts of a building, and it is often this that is most interesting to artists. The intricacies of the decorative ironwork on this door study were a challenge to record and needed considerable sketching with a pencil before I set about working...

Sometimes the strongest visual appeal of a building is created

WlllLE DEVELOPERS AND ARCHITECTS MAY WISH TO DEMOLISH CRUMBLING OR RUINED STRUCTURES, OR TO REDESIGN I'HEM, WE AS ARTISTS WISH SIMPLY TO PAINT THEM. This small section of an old boat-building vard was chosen mainly tor its combinations of textures - old. faded wood, stained by years of weathering, and the rust colours ol the corrugated iron. These were enhanced by the reflections on the damp foreground. The kcv to painting this scene was to combine several different...

Neglect or tear down the old only preserving the quaint parts of old towns and cities But as artists we can find visual

The sheds, shacks and outbuildings in this chapter include those often very interesting types of building that are generally used for work or some industrial purpose, and that are often to be found in a state of some disrepair (although this need not necessarily be the case). They are often made of wood (or at least have a fair amount of timber exposed) and might make use of cheap sheet metal for roofs or extensions. 1 have selected examples of waterfront buildings and sail lofts as well as...

Construction and Perspective

Developed by the artists op the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century, perspective was created i'o enable artists to introduce scale and order into their pictures. liut do not be tempted to become a slave to its technical rules, even for a subject as demanding as buildings. spontaneity and freshness are, 1 believe, of more value to the watercolour artist. While I always promote developing an 'eye' for the lines of buildings through sketching, rather than laboriously and technically...

Towns cities and villages provide architectural subjects for painters that offer variety and interest but it is often

This chapter brings together the buildings in towns and cities with what actually happens outside them, on the streets - the scenes of human activity that are played out every day on the sidewalks creating the excitement that exists in a built environment. I also consider some of the other evidence of human life around buildings - street signs, cafe signs, market stalls and barrows - all of the hits and pieces that are a vital part of the town or city scene. If we can see these objects when we...

Domestic Buildings

T T Then painting peoples' homes we are not only recording the V V architectural structure and details of the building, but also sketching an aspect of somebody's life, noticing the eccentricities and personalised features that make a house into someone's home. From the humblest hut to the most ornate of palaces, a home will reflect something about its owner. I have necessarily had to limit the subjects in this chapter, and so have chosen a range of buildings that I feel will be most useful to...

Sketchbook Studies

A SKETCHBOOK IS AN ARTIST'S MOST VALUABLE TOOL. TllEY COME IN MANY SIZES, CAN BE CARRIED EASILY, AND CAN BE USED TO MAKE VISUAL NOTES WHEN TIME, OR PERSONAL INCLINATION, DOES NOT ALLOW FOR ANY MORE PAINTING. The brickwork surrounding a window frame is worth I cannot overemphasize the value and importance of sketchbook studies. They allow you to make as many visual notes as you wish, to gain information about the nature of the building you are painting, to find out about the qualities of the...

The sun and rain within the peaceful atmosphere of secluded quadrangles and courtyards make a delightful setting for a

There is an appealing, harmonious balance between the order of the man-made geometry of the columns, arches and vaults of the stone arcade, and the natural decay caused by the effect of weather and ageing on the stone arches and pillars. Drawing arches when viewed front-on is relatively simple, as they are often a semicircle with a keystone at the top. which acts as a visual anchor. The same principle applies to arches viewed from an angle, but you will need to view the shape as an oval or...

Working Methods and Techniques

This demonstration, in step-by-step stages, shows how i developed the on-site sketch oe the old town house (on the previous pages) into a finished studio picture. tllls is typical of my working method, and covers most of the basic techniques that i used for the paintings in the book. The first statue is to transfer the on-site sketch to a more substantial sheet of paper in the more stable environment of the studio or on the kitchen table. i laving decided to use all of the information gathered...

He early spring light this quiet courtyard cafe scene held an air of anticipation

The sun was just rising above the skyline which dwarfed this hidden corner cafe, catching a few leaves and giving an indication of the growing mood of the day to come. While the w indows and doors were closed tight, the heady smells of coffee and warm bread rose on the sweet morning breeze - an indication that the preparations tor the new day were under way. To capture the atmosphere of the day required careful treatment. Sunlight shone in abundance, casting sharp shadows, but it was early in...

Arches

Pencil Bridge Painting

THE GRACEFU1 ELEGANCE OF THE GEOMETRICAI LY DESIGNED ARC H IS BOTH TECHNICALLY AND AESTHETICALLY REWARDING TO RECORD IN PENCIL AND WATERCOI.OUR, AND EXAMPLES ARE OFTEN TO BE FOUND IN THE MOS I PEACEFUL SETTINGS. The intricate tracery and carving found in churches, cathedrals, cloisters and colleges is highly demanding in terms of the level of observation required to get a row or series of them accurate - for this reason I always set about making relevant sketchbook studies before using them in...

Formal Buildings

The influence of the designers, builders and architects of the Italian Renaissance has left us a rich legacy in terms of the formal buildings that have been built on the streets of towns and cities in many parts of the world. This chapter looks at some of the most architecturally challenging types of building - imposing, prestigious formal buildings, built for posterity. It includes buildings designed in the classical tradition with features owing much to ancient Cireece and Rome, interpreted...

Wear and Tear

Ii is often only ak i isis who si i ini aim'eal ol oll , kamsi i ac l lt i i sich is such as i i iis, and it is his i io sketch til mm whmn you see them - tiiey may not i as i lok i onc Old and faded wood is best painted using a large proportion of blue often cobalt in the colour mix. Extremely old wood is best painted directly onto white paper without an underwash, which will enhance its faded appearance Brickwork showing through old or faded plaster is best painted by suggesting the shapes of...

Seaside Buildings

Since the days when men first went to sea in boats to fish, bui i dings have been constructed along the shoreline. buil'l originally to mouse boats and to protect mil fishermen's families from tl ie elements, they subsequently developed into full-scale communities. The visual clutter of colours and signs that frequently occurs on seafront buildings can be a delight for the artist to record in watercolour The combinations of faded and exposed wood, whitewashed weatherboarding and old brick are a...