Watercolor #16 in 33 years: Devil’s Gate Dam West
by Pasadena Adjacent
Recap on Watercolor #14 Devils Gate Dam East.
En Plein Aire #14. [SHOP TALK] adding to my misery is the discovery of an iPhone application that replicates watercolors from photo files. It’s amazing and equaling depressing. Makes me feel like an old horse being put out to pasture — and never saw the bullet coming. It’s what I’ve been trying to do, but don’t. Now I’m starting to think my ‘don’t’ is my saving grace. Like the painting above. All those don’ts – mistakes in perspective and placement, can add up to a pleasing composition. Especially when you make stuff up.
I sent the top image to a friend to run through her iPhone/Pad ap ‘Waterlogue.’ The second image shows the results of four different filters she ran the photo through. The upper left photo is the one I used as a guide. Whereas I saw the application as a threat, some of you saw that it could be used as a system to plot and block out shapes and colors. That became the basis of the experiment.
The drawing was done on site from the bench overlooking the dam on the west end. Once home, I was able to tighten up the drawing and start the process of laying down paint. Though I do tend to work from light to dark, creating a high contrast between the two is not something that comes naturally — as my watercolor instructor Mr Borders, pointed out to me 33 years ago. Those deep rich colors can scare the bejesuzs out of me. Aside from squinting when onsite to understand contrasts, the digital image was of great help. So what do you think?