Sunday Afternoon in the Garage Studio

Continued work on the Ridglea Theater

Texas temperatures are spiking today.  The garage studio is getting hot in the western sun, so I’m going to have to leave this watercolor at this point of the day.  Perhaps I’ll return to it tonight under cooler lighting.  I may be finished with the large letters of the Ridglea.  I spent most of this afternoon trying to render the neon tubing, using mostly watercolor pencils (warm gray, brown ochre, and occasionally washing it with alizarin crimson and a liner brush.  I decided to begin blocking the shadows of the facade down below.  That is when the Texas sun chased me out of the garage.  I wish I had started a little sooner this afternoon.  I need to spend a little more time looking at this painting and making some decisions.  My original plan was to work a dark shadow down the left side of the tower, then cut across the bottom and into the lower right facade.  So far, I’m not getting very dark in those areas, and am afraid to, now.  I hate feeling timid like this.  Therefore, I’m going to step back and spend more time looking at it and evaluating before proceeding. So far, I like what is happening with the painting, though.

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