Oxford Skyline

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The stunning architectures of the city of Oxford have inspired many before me.  I was not surprised to find myself wanting to paint the iconic buildings of the city for a new bookmark.  Bookmarks are small, therefore great for playing with colours and techniques. This is my approach to painting a bookmark depicting the skyline of this dreamlike city.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I was not too fastidious with the sketch itself; I wanted to get started painting quickly.  The piece was going to be mostly monochromatic.  I started by making a value drawing in pencil.  The lightest buildings are the farthest out and the darkest ones are the closest to the viewer.  Once that was done, I started selecting my paints.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

For the sky I started with a warm yellow and then tested three blues against that on scrap paper.  Since I was painting a late afternoon as opposed to an early evening scene, I chose the warmest of the blue tones.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Daniel Smith Quinacridone Gold is one of my favourites, if not my most favourite.  I knew from the very beginning that the buildings were going to be painted in this colour.  The closest and therefore darkest buildings got more layers of paint to make them darker than those in the middle or further away.  I had to let the each layer dry in between.  That, I don’t mind telling you, really tests my patience.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Once I was happy with all the background shades, I added a hint of red to the closest buildings to make them even warmer than the rest. I thought it would be nice to add a few suggestive details to the buildings as well.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Before this painting, I wrote down the paint combinations I used for certain paintings on little pieces of paper, but I could never find them afterwards.  I decided to keep a log book starting with this painting, noting down the paints for each one.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I painted the bookmark using watercolour.  I would also love to paint a larger and a bit more detailed version of this scene in oil one day.

 

 

Oxford Skyline Watercolour Painting Bookmark | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The bookmark is now residing in between the pages of my current book.  Happy Reading!

 

Cheers,
-Soma

 

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Story Book Teddy Bears

Story Book Teddy Bear Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

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I would love for you to meet my Story Book Teddy Bears.  They are two sisters.  They are in charge of all the stories that are being written at this very moment by people all over the world.  Of course, that would be too much work for just one little bear.  So they divide this enormous job between the two of them.

 

 

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 She takes care of the stories between the sunrise and sunset.

 

 

Story Book Teddy Bear Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Her little sister then takes over while she rests a little.

 

I designed my little story book teddy bear quilt patterns on request, just before Christmas.  I couldn’t resist making them afterwards.

As I finished making one of them, the thought of the other one suddenly occurred to me.  I suppose such is the way of story book bears.

Stories can be told in so many ways.  I love to tell stories through paintings.

 

 

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I picked up these three paints – Quinacridone Gold, Moon Glow and Indanthrone Blue.  I love the name Moon Glow.

Here is a sketch I finished in December.  I really wanted to paint this picture, and I also really wanted to use those colours.   Not a perfect match, but it was fun to use some unusual colours for the painting.

 

 

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I see myself walking toward the viaduct despite the stormy sky.

 

We all have the power to weave a little tale of our own.  The little bears are muses, giving us a little nudge now and then.  If you want to make a story bear, the 10″ pattern is available on my shop.

 

Happy Storytelling,
-Soma 

 

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