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Painting a Fountain--watercolor with notes

J.C. Nichols Fountain

This is one of hundreds of fountains in Kansas City--in fact it is often called the City of Fountains. When I used to live there, I visited the J.C.Nichols Fountain on the Plaza often--it's a great place for candlelight vigils.

I had an assignment to sketch KC--and although this fountain is almost TOO popular (tourists, weddings, models, you name it, the horse fountain makes a great backdrop!), it's one of my favorites.

In order to capture that lively, sparkling fountain, I used a lot more techniques than I usually do in my journal (on the opposite page you can see a bit of one of my more normal pages--a fairly straight watercolor, with an ink sketch of a young deer, and notes).

If you like, click on the image to take you to my Flickr album, where I added for notes that explain the techniques.

Comments

(Anonymous)

Evening Kate, I have missed your watercolor pencil class, I had learned so much. Want to thank you again. Going to get busy soon and do something about the alumni group.
This water fountain is wonderful, so loose, yet detailed. What beautiful blues in this piece! Would love to know. Love looking at your sites.
Pamela
Thank you, Pamela! I think the blues were mostly Daniel Smith's Lunar Blue, a bit of Manganese Blue Hue, and some phthalo...

I'm glad you enjoyed the class!

(Anonymous)

That's really impressive work!

Pablo
www.roundrockjournal.com
Thank you, Pablo! It was a challenge...