Monday, March 31, 2014

New Watercolor Landscape

I'm still trying to get the hang of painting landscapes in watercolor. Not quite as easy as I thought. This first one took me three tries.

About the Painting
Carrie Furnace is a now-defunct landmark of Pittsburgh steel making. Built in 1907, the furnaces produced iron for the Homestead Works from 1907 to 1978. It is a magnificent sight, even after being abandoned for so many years. The Rivers of Steel National Heritage has preserved much of the site and they offer tours from April through October. Click here for information about the tours. I toured the site last year and was so inspired and awestruck by the size and history of the place. The tour guide was a walking fact machine and so interesting.

My objective with this painting was to bring Carrie alive with color, brushstroke, and a play of hard and soft edges.

The painting below is my first at a Pittsburgh landscape. Both paintings will be shown at two Associated Artists of Butler County Invitational Exhibitions in Cranberry and Butler, Pa this summer.

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