Category: watercolour

Posts about watercolour works, whether complete or in-progress.


WIP Montreal from Mont Royal during Sunset – 9 & Final Image


Here is the last stage of this image before the tape comes off. I wonder why I never take a photo of that step? It’s very enjoyable to watch.

City’s all painted in, the trees are at their last stage and drying…The sky I haven’t touched in a long time, but it’s done.

So, what’s left to do is refer you to the final image. Here it is.

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WIP Montreal from Mont Royal during Sunset – 8



UGH, this photo is AWFUL. I snapped it really quick, because I just wanted to get on with it. Now, this is what I have…

So in this amazing fast-action blurry photo, you can see I got far more of the buildings in and have been laying in shadows very slowly and carefully. Every time I am finished with a section, I add more to my trees. Some areas of this image are very difficult to decipher, as they are just shapes and vague in my photograph. Surely if I was there in person, I would have an easier time, but knowing myself I would get lost in the detail too.


WIP Montreal from Mont Royal during Sunset – 7


Painted more of the city in. This is going by fairly quickly at this point, though it is a lot of tiny, thin lines and trying to control watercolour into rectangular shapes. I’m very glad I pencilled out the buildings, as this would be a nightmare trying to figure out simultaneously. It’s already hard enough making sure they are all straight.

This next photo is very similar, so I will just put it in this post:

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WIP Montreal from Mont Royal during Sunset – 5



Ah, I hope this image makes up for the last photo – so much nicer!

Sky: I have darkened certain colours by adding more pigment. I really want the pink of the sunset to stand out. The deep shadow of the distant landscape didn’t quite feel dark enough for this kind of lighting either.

Buildings: Starting to separate them out by their distance from the viewer. Some glow brightly in the left-over sunlight. I’m having some difficulty integrating the purple with the foreground colours.

Trees: Building more layers of red, orange, green. Trying to give them texture by using salt and tonnes of water — too much water for this weight of paper.  I should’ve thought that through better.


WIP Montreal from Mont Royal during Sunset – 4


Sorry for the crappy image here. I’ve had issues with my new smartphone’s camera. I have a Samsung S4, and I thought I was upgrading for better picture quality, but apparently – this phone has a really crappy low-light camera. This isn’t even really low light – it’s a bright lamp pointed right at the picture, it should look perfect. I just don’t know.

Anyway, the sky is more or less finished. I made a huge effort to preserve the white of the paper in one spot there, which I’m not very good at. I’m happy with how it looks. Have to use the purple as a shadow colour for the background city elements to create a transition between the cool and warm colours.

I had to stop painting to draw in more of my buildings as well, as I am in a different mode of thought when I paint versus when I pencil. I can’t be objective and keep to strict shapes while painting – I have to take the time to pencil in the forms I need to adhere to.

On the bottom, I’ve added some green to the increasing layers of red. If it is entirely read, it’s just not going to be as believable and it won’t separate out as a different plane.


WIP Montreal from Mont Royal during Sunset – 3


I work from top to bottom with watercolour, because that way I can get the most done based on my arm position. Layered in some clouds with salt effects. Unfortunately, I’m also kind of pushy and base layer of yellow for the buildings starts bleeding into the sky. Unlike the photo, I’m choosing the paint in a tree line from autumn, so that is why I use red at the bottom of the image as opposed to green. It will push the orange and yellow even further out in the complete image.

At this point, it will be 2 days after my surgery and I am still hospitalized. Spooky post.


WIP Montreal from Mont Royal during Sunset – First Wash

Now I know people are probably more interested in the work-in-progress shots of newer artwork than old, so I’m going to mix some new and old work together in the upcoming posts. To start off, here is the beginning of my Montreal from Mont Royal During Sunset watercolour. You’ve all probably seen the painting if you check my site of Facebook, as I’ve posted it around pretty heavily due to it being in the Draw Me a Mountain exhibition at Maison Smith this spring.


I skipped the first step of showing pencils – this time it was pretty boring. I’m basically drawing the skyline of Montreal as accurately as I can; this isn’t really something for the imagination, it has to be more or less accurate. I’m using this wash as a base colour for the main colours in the painting. I’m inspired by the orange glow cast onto the buildings.

“Montreal Fall Wind” WIP08 – Final Image

So here’s the last image – inking. Yeah, OMG, I actually stopped to take a photo this time. The top section took about 3 or 4 layers to finish with that blue. //
Voici, la dernière image – encrer. Cette fois, je me suis souvenu à prendre une photo du processus. La partie en haut à pris environ 3 ou 4 couches d’avoir cette bleue.

0120No point to hold off: here is the final image. Merch here and here.