Getting Back Into the Old San Juan Painting

Seeing John Singer Sargent’s watercolors in person gave me a strong motivation with both my watercolor and my sketching. He has such confidence in every stroke, and I am a long way from that. I think sketching more frequently will help me. I hope to see that in my full paintings over time.

Maybe because it’s raining here, the kids are still asleep, so I’ve put in some time on the buildings on the left side to get them more or less finished off, except for some detailing and maybe scraping at the end. One of the lessons I took from John Singer Sargent was how much can be handled roughly on buildings and still have a convincing, lively result. This gave more some confidence to handle the middle building on the left, which had been holding me up.

Here it is now. Thanks for reading.



2 thoughts on “Getting Back Into the Old San Juan Painting

  1. lesliepaints July 16, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    The building on the left is absolutely stunning, Corey.

    • coreyaber July 16, 2013 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you! I am really excited about how this one is coming along. It’s been a fun challenge.

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