Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Hidden Treasure

La Certosa (coloured pencil and watercolour)


After a couple of sketches from my car in the rain,  this is one that I re-did at home and added colour.  It's the first page of my new sketchbook, which will be dedicated to places/ scenes near where I live.
I have already sketched this villa from the otherside, see here .  It's such a shame to see something so beautiful hidden away behind suburban sprawl.  The part I've drawn is the only part you can see, between houses and behind a tall wooden fence.
I love cracked walls,  old brickwork and peeling paint, fortunately there isn't a shortage of that around here!
I'm hoping that I will fill my sketchbook fairly quickly as I've got lots of locations in mind.

17 comments:

A.Marie said...

I like this sketch because I like architectural drawings, but what really draws me in is the color. Nice job.

Patsy Taylor-Craw said...

Beautiful glow to this painting. Nicely done.

treesawardincrafts said...

What a fabulous idea. I love this version better than your first. However they are both good.

ADonald466 said...

This is lovely!

E*phi said...

I second the color comment! I really like the combination of yellow(ish) and blue. And it just has this depth! All the little cracks... it looks very realistic!

phthaloblu said...

Yes! The color. Wow. Just love the ones you chose and how you did it. Beautiful!

nanke's stuff said...

I agree - the color is really splendid, but you did a really nice job with the drawing, too! nancy

Martine said...

That's a good start ! Lovely colours!

travelingsuep said...

Beautiful.

With areas like this, I'll have to invite myself to visit and we can sketch them together :D

Sandra said...

Nice combination of watercolor and pencil.

Johanna said...

Very nice, I love the way you used colors!

It's also a very neat idea to paint locations, I look forward to seeing more of them.

Ann said...

This is beautiful! The watercolor and color pencil combined is splendid. And yes, the color is lovely!

raena said...

Beautiful! I can't see what else you put into this sketchbook; this is a wonderful start!!

Neon Fog said...

Thank you for sharing this building. I like your treatment of the columns.

Phyllis said...

Cathy
This just breathes life, without taking away from its ancient 'self'. Pretty awesome for architecture! Well done. The Certosa di Padula is 30 minutes away from our home in Italy, Paestum a little over an hour away (and one of my favorite sites). You've inspired all kinds of thoughts with your beautiful work.

Gillian said...

Oh how gorgeous. Those pastel tints make for such a pretty effect. How nice to have sunshine to sketch in, whilst we have nothing but snow or rain!

Cathy, some of the painting and Drawing channel videos are on Youtube, including those of Linda Kemp's.(Negative painting)

Krista Meister said...

Wonderful detail here! Glad to have found your blog through EDM.

-Krista Meister
www.kristameister.com

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