You might remember the sketch
I did of this door and “blue” tiles
at a home the other day >> It wasn’t the first time I’d drawn the house. I’m drawn to it: it is close to the studio, the form reminds me of so many homes in Los Angeles, and because of the tiles…
I’d studied the house’s form early on a walk with Mitchell. First studies were about the building, notes to myself in case I didn’t finish it onsite (I didn’t.) Studying a building helps me but it can
also help someone who doesn’t have the architecturally trained eyes to catch perhaps quickly the language the building is using towards it grace or grandeur.
Human scale noted. The steps were eye level —
this reminds me about the angles up and down (video coming),
and what I am seeing on shadows and balcony ceilings and lighting.
I look for symmetry and exceptions, though in this case, exceptions only in landscaping.
I discovered, by putting pencil to paper, what was so versus what I had assumed about the roof in this building! Sketching-thinking allowed me to study what I think I am looking at then check it to the actual building. You can see my initial block, which is higher than the actual roof, which is a bit oriental and steps down due to our viewpoint.
I then blocked it in brown pencil. These sketches in an Aquabee sketchbook.
The steps leading up to the doors in this and the buildings next door (matching, built by the same architect) have the most gorgeous Art Nouveau tiles! The “plain green” is multi-hued, jewel-tone emerald- green but moving in lime and blue directions;
there is an amazing watercolor-glazed effect.
I used the tiles patterns creatively in the
page layout for the building. I still have space
on the opposing page and have not decided what
I want to place there — perhaps lamp details or notes from our walk or some other discovery. I drew them initially in a sketch book onsite but then I wanted
this cool border (below) to frame the layout.
Finally without my writing, below!
The lovely green is Diopside Green by Daniel Smith with touches of Spring green, if I remember. I also used some of the cheapy Prima colors for the first time…
Not terrible. I have no idea if they are lightfast — no rating — SO, only in sketchbooks.
Have you got a door in your sketchbook?
Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Lamy Al-Star with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Sennelier, Holbein, Prima, DS Primatek watercolors, and Daniel Smith Watercolors.
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