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Watercolor of Xian Market Finally Finished

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.

Marian Wiseman


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10 comments on “Watercolor of Xian Market Finally Finished

  1. Tara
    March 6, 2015

    It’s a great piece, Marian and captures all the color and life of the scene.


  2. ellen3c
    March 6, 2015

    I think this is a real triumph. Marian took on not only the complexity of the fruits and vegetables as well as buildings and garments, but people. And handled it really well. I am eager to see how this market series progresses.


    • frantomlinson
      March 6, 2015

      Me, too. I can hardly wait for the next in this colorful market series.


  3. frantomlinson
    March 6, 2015

    I’m looking forward to further installments of your colorful market series. Doing a series is such a fun idea. I’m just starting the second in my Antarctica Animals pastels.


  4. createarteveryday
    March 7, 2015

    I really like this piece. You do excellent work! Keep ’em comin’, we need eye candy. 🙂


  5. Janet
    March 8, 2015

    it’s fantastic, Marian. Congratulations on a beautiful water color.


    • wisemarian
      March 9, 2015

      Janet, great to see your compliment. Miss you!


  6. Roger Johnson
    March 9, 2015

    It’s becoming very obvious (to me) that you are taking the time to learn the craft versus just splashing paint around to see what happens. I see something different every time I take a look at your endeavor.


    • wisemarian
      March 9, 2015

      Hey, Rog,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to look AND comment. It really keeps me going to hear from others (craving approval, attention . . . )
      Speaking of art–are you writing songs? I still listen to the CD you sent me. Actually, 2 CDs. One by you and one of your favorite music.


  7. Dianne Yunkman
    October 10, 2015

    Marian, I love your painting! I can hardly wait to see the real thing!


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