Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW
This week I put the final strokes on my watercolor of the market in Xian, China. Most people I know don’t recognize the name of that city until I mention that it is where the terra cotta warriors were discovered and are being unearthed. This wonderful street market can’t compete with the terra cotta soldiers as a cultural attraction, but I loved our visit there and consider it a wonderful aspect of current Chinese culture.
It’s often hard to know when a painting is “done.” What additional detail might be needed? Last Monday I set up my paints at home to add a few final touches to this painting. Did it. My husband noted that some shadows were needed. Did that. The “finished” painting perched in the dining room for a day. I decided some color was needed in the back. I brought it to class on Wednesday to put those FINAL touches on it. I was doing that when Wan pointed out where some dark shadows would show more dimension in the clothes rack. Check. Tara suggested I darken the windows in the distant building. Right. Wan and Tara, both watercolorists, have given me much valuable help all during my four years of learning to paint. I think their suggestions about the market painting really improved it. (Thank you, Wan and Tara.) I’ve declared the painting done and signed it. Here it is.