Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bruges

Based on a photo from a Benelux tour a few years ago. Going through the photos now, I'm thinking that Bruges is a perfect place for painting outdoors. If only I painted back then....
One of my goals with this view was to avoid fussy details, like the ones on the Elora painting in my previous post. So I did a pencil sketch, then a quick watercolor sketch. By the time I started the actual picture I knew the major shapes and had gone through filtering out the unimportant details. Funny how hard it is to make it simple!

7 comments:

cathyswatercolors said...

Blaga this is really a beautiful painting. Simple is the new difficult!

Lydie said...

You are right to try to simplify Blaga, it is not so easy. From a tonal sketch is a good solution. Your tower in the distance is perfect. Continue in this way!

Judy said...

Hey you've been in my part of the world! Bruges is a very beautiful old town and your painting is great! Urban scenes I find very difficult and simple is the solution. Love the houses and tower, and the water is fabulous!

Jane said...

Good idea to sketch first, trying to capture the essential ..very good urban scene, beautiful reflection of the water.

Blaga said...

Cathy and Lydie, I'm glad you liked it. Simplifying is a though goal and I still have a long way to go.

Judy, yes, it was a nice trip. There are many charming cities and towns with channels, old buildings and lots of character - the painter's paradise, much like Venice.

Thank you, Jane! I'm trying... :)

Ha said...

Getting to see all these beautiful places through your paintings is great for a person like me, who doesn't travel much... VERY NICE!!!

Elvi said...

Bello. Delicatissimo. Elvi