Direct Watercolor, Day 4

Day 4 of the Direct Watercolor challenge. 

All of these are based on a photograph I took in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. If you have ever been there, or seen photographs you know that it’s all about vivid color in that city. I wanted to capture that, the characteristic pink city buses, the crowded cobbled streets and the buntings and buildings.
I wanted to capture the scorching heat. I kept my color palette limited and worked in my first shapes (very) wet-in-wet. The trick after that was just to not mess with those first shapes too much.

This is Version 1
I’ll follow up each piece with a small closeup of a bit I liked, and then my thoughts on other bits of it.

I like the energy in the piece and this bit here with the truck.

What didn’t work so well for me was the composition: I would have liked to push the dome further into the distance to create the feel of a deep street.

Version 2

I liked how vibrant the buildings on the left are, and it’s good to have the dome recede in the distance. Adding the white car helped.

But that figure in a black suit by the white car, that one I don’t like.

Version 3
So I did yet another version.

I like this bit.

But I think I miss the energy of the other two pieces and the person in the foreground, facing away, into the scene.

Here are all three pieces, side by side so you can judge for yourself…

Do you have a favorite?

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About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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9 Responses to Direct Watercolor, Day 4

  1. Susanne Haun says:

    I like the version 1 – it has the most movement 🙂

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  2. Anne Percival says:

    Agree . Version one. I like the diffused Splodge of Orange.n

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  3. Betsy Angene says:

    definitely the second one.

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  4. Diane Winters says:

    I prefer the second one too. Although I agree about the movement in the first, I like the focus that the perspective and greater contrast add to the second. And the color is still strong. To me it feels the most like San Miguel.

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  5. Berrnadette says:

    I would choose #2 as my favorite. Each of the three paintings have lots of interest and beauty. I believe the composition of #2 is superior in composition and interest. The buildings on the left are so clean and fresh and the figure and white car add much to holding our interest. Great work on all!

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  6. Thank you all for your comments! It’s interesting that it’s between 1 and 2, for different reasons. I’d pick 2 because I solved some of the ‘problems” I saw in version 1. But on the other hand, #1 has the ‘fresh take” aspect of a first version…. aah, one day all the good stuff will magically come together in one version. Until then, I’m back to work!


  7. Carol Beth says:

    I like number 2 the best. The guy in black did not bother me. What size are the pieces?


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