My “Business” Sketchbook: Urban Sketching at Capitol Park

Last Saturday we infilled missing color to the historic shellac.  It is one of the few times when Mitchell had time to play a bit more than I did, and he took great images of the details around the Legislative Building (which I will paint!)  On our way out we took a drive to Capitol Park, a lovely park below the Washington State Capitol.  I had just enough time to paint the Capitol on an early autumn day before heading back home.

2014 9 28 WA CAPITOL FROM PARK WC JRNL 2The first time through I sketched then laid in color, above.
The second watercolor I simply dropped colors quickly.
I have my favorite of the two — do you?

2014 9 28 WA CAPITOL FROM PARK WC JRNL2 1Drawn in an Stillman & Birn Delta journal
with a Brown-Black Uni-ball pen and Daniel Smith / QoR watercolors.


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18 Responses to My “Business” Sketchbook: Urban Sketching at Capitol Park

  1. Reblogged this on Mpfconservation's Blog and commented:

    A second installment about our trips to the Washington State Capitol, through my artist’s eyes!


  2. neesie23 says:

    It’s wonderful to take a wonderful trip to a city I’ve never been to… and all without airports or heavy overweight luggage!
    Fantastically stunning watercolours. If I really had to chose a favourite (and it’s certainly hard to do with these two) I’d chose the first I think.
    Thanks for sharing… enjoy your weekend ;D


  3. Valerie-Jael says:

    Beautiful sketches! Valerie


  4. Annette G says:

    wonderful detailed sketches. Happy PPF, Annette x


  5. Darla says:

    Came over from Dion Dior’s blog. What great watercolors. Hard to choose but I’d say the second one is my favorite


  6. happytiler says:

    Wonderful sketches!!

    Hugs Giggles


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  8. Beth says:

    I LOVE the first one–and the second one too…but the first one fills my eyes to the brim


  9. Sammy D. says:

    Beautiful sketches, and I enjoyed your journal notes about working in the Capitol. Such a different perspective from the typical visitor.


  10. beautiful! i just tried the Stillman & Birn papers, do you love this series for watercolor? I’m not sold on the samples. Perhaps the larger page is better? Do you find that they buckle? I’m currently using the Fabriano/Artistico HP 140


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