I decided to take a little break and refocus my energy on other subjects since this is all in an effort to find my style and my preferences of subjects and anyway, what could it hurt?
So this was a quick study of a church in Berlin that was just across the street from me in 2017 on my travels through Europe. I decided to do this piece without sketching first and merely try to decipher shapes, light and shadows as best as I could and I was pretty happy with the outcome. Architecture is quite a nemesis since I have challenges drawing straight lines even with rulers…go figure.
I started with a general light wet on wet wash which is still visible on the outskirts of the main building, trying to block out the main shapes and gradually go darker with the shadows. it was a pretty overcast day when I took the photo…and so I didn’t really put much detail into the sky. I also did a rough impression of some shrubbery on trees that loomed around to frame the piece a bit.
What do you think is your biggest challenge with watercolor?