After last week’s extremely lengthy and detailed post about my review of 2022, this week’s post is going to the other extreme of rare brevity!
This watercolour painting is a view of Monopoli, a coastal town in the Puglia region of Italy. There was a lot about this that I really enjoyed painting and I was pleased not to get too caught up in every single bit of minutiae (of which there is a great deal!).
I was pleased with how the reflections of the pale sunbleached buildings turned out, but partly because it’s been so long since I painted reflections in the water that I was really uncertain about what I was doing!
(For anyone that might be interested, when I painted the buildings above the waterline, I continued the wash down to the water’s edge, making it just a little bit stronger in value beneath the water line. When this was completely dry, I applied a very thin wash of cobalt turquoise or, having just had a quick look in my palette, it might have been a thin mix of viridian green, cerulean blue and Chinese white but hopefully, you’ll get the idea!)
The other element that I particularly like is the variation in the foreground shadow where the colour to the immediate left of the boat captures the reflected blue of the boat before dissipating into a warmer mauve. Apart from a few of the foreground boats, most other vessels are just suggested with brushstrokes rather than any specifics.
As I said, I really enjoyed painting this, and I’m sure part of this was due to imagining myself being there in person – now wouldn’t that be a treat!