Venetian buildings along the canal
Let us now look at how to paint the Venetian buildings in the photograph. Firstly realise I do not aim for any photographic likeness in my work. I try to capture the atmosphere and key points of a location. For the Left Hand Side (LHS) walls I use Burnt Sienna and some Raw Umber for the wall color. I paint with quick strokes so as to leave some of the under wash showing through in places as little highlights.
Before the paint is full dry I drop in soft indications of the windows and doorways. I use French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna for this. When this wall is dry I use a thicker mix of French Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna to give sharper edges to the doors and windows. I also use the side of my brush to create some of these shapes with dry brush strokes to give them slightly indefinite edges.
After painting the roofs of the buildings on the Right Hand Side (RHS) with some Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Sienna I then paint the walls on the right hand side. I add some Cobalt Blue to the mix used on the left hand side walls to create a cooler grey color. I also use more water in the mix to make sure the tone of this wall is lighter than the one on the LHS. As with the walls on the LHS I repeat the steps to put in window and door shapes.
With some Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine, and some Cobalt Blue I paint in the silhouette of railings and overhangs on both the inner facing edges of both the LHS and RHS walls, above the bridge.