I’m participating in #DrawingAugust on Twitter so I needed a sketch for today. Since I still have France on the brain I opted for the Arc de Triomphe. I liked the quick sketch and so I posted it (you can see it here). I didn’t want to mess it up, but I was determined to doodlewash it and see what happened. This is what happened!
This particular monument is prettiest just as the sun sets and since I haven’t really tried a scene in the evening, I wanted to see if I could pull it off. I kind of liked the dramatic effect and got to really test out my new color – Quinacridone Gold. It’s my first of the higher end artists watercolours from Winsor and Newton. Not because I think I’m ready to upgrade, but because they just don’t have that color in my go to, value-priced Cotman collection.
I love Quinacridone Gold because it’s almost like having multiple colors in one from pale yellow, to brass, to reddish brown depending on how it is mixed and applied. Or at least, that’s what happens when I use it. No idea really if that’s supposed to happen or not, but it’s pretty cool!