I definitely prefer watercolour over ink outline, compared to just watercolour. It has more of the Beatrix Potter flavour, which is, I guess, the effect I’m aiming for.

I’m concentrating on architecture paintings, because people don’t stand still very long. In any case, people paintings will need a background. If you’re getting tired of the same thing every time, bear with me.

The learnings I take away from this painting are:

  • when applying shadow, wet the area first with just water, otherwise it turns out blotchy - at least it does with Neutral Tint
  • I still can’t do proper sky without falling back to my Ecoline Pastel Blue liquid watercolour
  • windows take a lot of time, but it’s sort of acceptable to outline in ink and fill with Paynes Grey
  • this should have been taken from a higher elevation so the trapezoids of tallness are less apparent
  • do the shadows of furniture and small protubances with a small brush
  • not everything needs to be coloured - paper white can be used to advantage (OK, call me lazy)
  • it takes more than three hours if you want to do detailed work
  • being bolder with colours pays off (compare to Mayhaus)
Data Description
Title Nydeggstalden
Artist Derrick Oswald
Medium Watercolour and ink on acid-free, cellulose, fine-grained, natural-white paper
Dimensions (w × h cm) 42 × 29.7
Date 2023

watercolour of Nydeggstalden in Bern Switzerland

original photograph of Nydeggstalden



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