Dipway Arch, Spring

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Landscape, Watercolor | No Comments
Dipway Arch, Spring

Dipway Arch in Spring, 11 x 14", Watercolor w/ touches of gouche

Dipway Arch in Spring

This bridge/underpass is known as Dipway Arch. It’s at the southern end of Central Park. I did this in the late afternoon. Parts of the bridge, the part where the plane faces the sky, I was able to preserve the white of the paper for, and one part I did with a dash of Winsor Newton Zinc White gouache and in the upper right part, the nearer tree made use of gouache mixed with yellow-green watercolor. One has to use the gouache or opaque watercolor quite thickly and heavily (almost dry brush) in order for the color and value to hold up, otherwise, with too much water, it will simply sink into the darks and not hold up its value. My goal of late has been to to attempt to paint more directly and have the darks be strong and rich early in the process rather than gradually being built up in the older, one could say, Victorian style of watercolor – I’ve been inspired in this by Winslow Homer’s watercolors who I’ve been a big fan of Homer since there was an exhibition in Ft. Worth, TX in the 80’s (it was a traveling exhibition). My grandmother graciously bought the catalog that went with the exhibition for me at the time and I still own and treasure that book. The book I was recently reading however is titled Masters of Color and Light, it’s an excellent book with excellent text putting the medium of watercolor in historical perspective, highly recommended, it covers other artists including William Trost Richards and John Singer Sargent.[/caption]