VSW: Green Hotel, Pasadena, California

Sketch to ink to grisaille to underpainting (for brightness) to final watercolor!.


I spent a lot of time in Pasadena and love the Green Hotel!

Above, pencil sketches and a relaxed layout of the entry and one end of the building
inked with a Platinum Carbon fine fountain pen.
Grisaille with a diluted mix of Lexington Grey in a waterbrush (for ease).


I don’t like to muddy up my paint pans, but I have no trouble mixing washes
in the Eldajon Plastic Palettes that stack — I’ve tried others but these are my favorites.


The bright undercolor gives light to the colors placed on top.


Final watercolors of several greens including Primateks
(Serpentine, Dioxide and Jadeite) with more Primateks in the roof (Minnesota Pipestone) and sky and reflections (Lapis) and street and reflections (Hematite).

Video in the works!

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Moleskin A4 Watercolor Journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Super5 Frankfurt (Amazon when they have it or buy from Europe), KWZ Ink’s Foggy Green, Lamy Al-Star with Diamine Ancient Copper ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Sennelier, Holbein, and DS Primatek watercolors, and Daniel Smith Watercolors.

About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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12 Responses to VSW: Green Hotel, Pasadena, California

  1. That’s beautiful! The details are wonderful.

    P.S. I really like that serving dish you’re using for your washes.


  2. Susan says:

    Wow! This is an amazing sketch and watercolor. Thanks for sharing your colors as well. Happy PPF


  3. Wow Kate this is a stunning piece of art. The details and the washes are so impressive. I just followed you on FB.


  4. June Walker says:

    Beautiful watercolour !


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