Watercolor class #6 – daily prep 3

May 31, 2013

prince henry hospital bldgs

I look forward to Thursdays because they are my Watercolor-Free Day. I can sketch in peace without having to negotiate watercolor, even it’s only  for a short time!

I rerturned to the same viewpoint as a fortnight ago, despite the early morning fog and wintry cold, to spend nearly an hour re-drawing these former hospital ward buildings sight-size. The pattern of continuous black tiled roofs is too monotonous for watercolor, as is the long ‘thin’ landscape format.  The early morning light right across the facades of the building is unrelieved by any tone, another factor in making it unintereseting for watercolor.

I have made a concession to my watercolor teacher in ignoring the foreground and ‘knocking back’ the crane in the foreground.

I thought these old hospital wards dated from the 1920s but are in fact earlier, 1914, with their distinctive ‘institutional’ copper ventilation domes on the roofs.

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