Clock Tower Sketch

got the shape of the top wrong on the large one, so had to try again (the small one).

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These golden tops were tricky, because painting them I needed to shadow yellow. Yellow is a difficult color to darken. I did have my valiant Payne’s gray with me, but just for the sake of art I painted the tops with three primaries (in this case, transparent lemon yellow, quinacridone rose and indanthrone blue). Basically, I used violet to neutralize yellow.

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Gospel Cathedral, Kharkiv

The name sounds different in Ukrainian, I translated it for clarity. I continue to share my oldies with you guys; this one dates back to last summer. The funny thing about this sketch is that I initially forgot to draw the bell tower! Just like that: forgot! Had to add it later at home *^_^*

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Sketching Under Rain

Umbrella in one hand, album in the other, watercolor set in the… well, the other, too, I guess… – what can be more convenient?

Mirror Stream - fountain in Kharkiv, Ukraine

This is one of my most favorite places in Kharkiv, Ukraine. This fountain was built soon after the World War II, it’s called “The Mirror Stream”. It’s very beautiful when it’s working, but on the day I sketched this, some reconstruction was going on, so the water had been shut down. Thankfully, I never felt any lack for water on that day, it rained cats and dogs!

[White Nights watercolors, Faber-Castell liner.]