November was a super productive month for painting. Then the December chill blew through Northern CA and I hibernated along with my paint and pastels. But I want to end the year artistically, so I’ve been picking at another version of my favorite Puerto Vallarta scene.
Thought about adding my sorta-trademark swirls in the sky, but went instead with an older method in which I use different shades of blue to define the tree branches, and let bits of lighter underpainting show through. Then I add more branches with white and brown colored pencil.
My other PV pieces are 5 x 7 inches on sketchbook paper. This PV painting was laid out on watercolor paper using a light table, so the substrate texture feels really nice, and it measures 8 x 10.5 inches. I plan to keep this method of transitioning my first sketch into a larger planned piece.
Happy new year!