Monday, January 21, 2013

Antalya's old harbor

Antalya's Old Harbor, watercolor on arches cp, 55 x 30 cm
I have been planning to paint this view for a while now, but I was a little scared by the complexity of all these houses and boats. I had to find a way to simplify them to textures, suggesting the actual objects. After doing a small size study, I had a more clear idea how to go about it. I also used a limited palette of only three colors - prussian blue, indian yellow and quinacridone red. This simplified things, but made it a bit harder to get the dark mixes. Overall, I think that it gives an idea of what a picturesque place this is, with the old Roman port and the Turkish blue waters. (Although, as my husband jokes, I used the wrong "nationality" of blue to depict them.)

10 comments:

Mercedes Ares said...

Hola Blaga. Impecable tu trabajo en toda su realización. ¡¡Buenisimo!! Saludos.

Judy said...

What a beautiful and pictoresque place! Difficult to use a limited palette, but the result is fantastic!

INA JACOBSEN said...

Me encanta como te ha quedado.

Blaga said...

Gracias, Mercedes, me alegro de que te guste!

Thank you, Judy! I only spent a day there but Antalya seems a very beautiful resort, with much to see and do.

Gracias, Ina!

Tito said...

Very difficult subject......very well painted! Ciao Blaga!

Jane said...

Incredibly detailed and complex...you did an amazing work !

Lydie said...

Beautiful work Blagga, I love how you 've said the essential of this landscape. Well painted !

Sonia Aguiar said...

Hola Blaga :) Es una acuarela panorámica muy bien realizada. Admiro tu destreza, ya que con sólo tres colores has logrado mucha belleza. ¡Mi enhorabuena!

Rita Vaselli said...

Dear Blaga,wonderful view of summer! Vibrant colors of the palette restricted make so realistic your landscape,that shines sunlight and cheerfulness!

renate said...

Dear Blaga:) Your study of how to handle this difficult subject did pay off! I love this landscape. It looks so peaceful and does represent the harbor so very well. Great job! Have a nice weekend:)