I still have my Heart left in New York City, even after a week of returning home. I only captured pictures as references for my Art, but preserved many moments for memories in my Heart. Though I have been many times to this city, it's only this time I saw the real side and much beauty of it.
Visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art was an unforgettable experience. I lost myself many times in front of the original paintings of many great artists; Jackson Pollock, Monet's Lillis, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Picasso, John Constable, Sargent...just to name a few.
Watching this great City from the Hudson River was the most memorable experience. The lights and illumination at the Times Square (The Crossroads of the World) with dark skies was the most colorful experience of life. I truly fell in love with the dynamism, beauty and colors of this city.
I chose Times Square as my first subject for the series of my Paintings on this City. It is my first watercolor painting of New York City. With all the vibrant colors done in a subtle way, left to viewers imagination are some details of this ever changing colorful place.
I learned and practiced few techniques along the path of my experiment with vibrant colors in this painting. Following are some techniques that I tried:
- No prior sketching
- Free flow of colors
- Natural flow of water on the paper
- Not many details
- Mixture of one color with it's adjacent colors to add some Drama
- No black and brown colors used at all
Painting - Taking the shape
Surface: Bienfang 140lb/207gsm Water Color paper; Stretched
Paints: Grumbacher - Cadmium Yellow, Violet, Winsor & Newton - Cotman Turquoise Aquarelle, Cobalt blue, Cadmium Orange Hue, Speedball Professional Water Colors Red
Brushes: 10 round sable, 00 synthetic Winsor & Newton, and 000 Sable synthetic blend
Size: 9" x 12"