Plein-air pen and wash on paper

Seawall along Newcastle Avenue

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Worked inside today from a photograph on a long or panoramic format. To get this view, I cropped a regular format photograph instead of using a program that will “stitch” some images together. Cropping in this manner is much quicker but implies significant enlargement, making the image fuzzy or reducing the detail so that one has to improvise a bit here and there.  I cut off a 9″ width from a full sheet of watercolor paper so that the size is 9″ × 22″.

I also moved some trees around, added trees and removed some other ones entirely as necessary to make the picture work as it will eventually have to stand on its own. I like to think of myself as a tree-hugger, except for city trees,  we grow too many of them that are too big and/or in the wrong place.

I will probably do this view again as I have some other ideas that need to be explored. The street with a mixture of houses and apartment buildings is located at the top of the sloping grass area, and a seawall that runs along the bottom with a walkway that is very popular.


Author: John Hofman

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