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Gaylynn M. Robinson Cincinnati, OH Locked Out 11"x14" Watercolor
The red orange wall is finished. I changed the title to Locked Out because of the lock on the door. However, in reality it is a public tourist site and was probably not open at the time the shot was taken.
When my "daughter", Kelsey, came back from Morocco she was showing me her photos. There were several that I really liked and she graciously allowed me to have a few of them. This particular photo was not only well set up, I liked the colors and the isolation the young man conveyed.
To get the perspective right! I spent a lot of time in the drawing stage. Without the lines lining up the stones would not work. I brightened the colors on the young man so that he was not lost in the doorway.
Once the drawing process was complete, I transferred the drawing to my 11"x14" 300 lb. Kilimanjaro archival paper. I laid in a light wash of W&N Cad. Lemon. Once dried, I whetted the wall down and laid in another wash along with some darks in the stone. While wet, I pulled some of the paint off to keep those areas light. When the painting dried, I masked the areas to keep the whites or the stone light. When the masking fluid dried I began laying in some darks to establish the lines in the stone and some shading on the door. I moved onto the door and painted it a red brown. While wet I put in a light gray where the light is reflected on the door. I mixed W&N burnt sienna and Yarke madder lake for the doors color. Using a brush with clean water I blended the two areas together. When dried I removed the masking fluid on the door and cleaned up the hardwares shapes. I have many layers on the wall to create the texture. I used Da Vinci Quin. Burnt Orange to lay in the bottom layers. I then move to W&N Burnt Sienna, Amer. Journey Burnt Umber and W&N French Ultramarine for the darks. For some of the light grays on the wall and on the ground I mixed Amer. Journey Coastal Fog, W&N Indigo and Burnt Sienna. I removed the masking fluid and shaped the areas more. The young man's shirt was W&N Cobalt with layers of French Ultramarine and Indigo. The pants were Amer. Journey Olive and W&N Indigo. The shoes are layers of W&N Yellow Ochre, Amer. Journey Raw Sienna, W&N Smalt Blue and Derwent Light Violet WC pencil. I used W&N Yellow Ochre as the beginning layer for the skin and used blue smalt mixed with the ochre to create the shadows.
I was able to get a few minutes in on this painting before taking off for another out of town family event. Last weekend I helped my daughter and son-in-law move to North Carolina and see her best friend that I claim as a daughter (and the photographer of the picture I am painting from). This weekend I witnessed our nephew marry a lovely young lady whom we have adored since they began dating. I am looking forward to staying home for the holiday weekend to be able to accomplish many things around the house. One being time in the studio. I have 7 more days left of school, then a summer (78 days) to work on my to do list.
I took off the masking fluid and painted a few more layers of of the Da Vinci Orange color to the wall. I darkened the doorway with a mix of Sepia and Winsor Newton Burnt Sienna. I added a layer of Madder Lake to the door to give it a richer burnt red surface. I also mixed Cheap Joe's Coastal Fog and Payne's Gray to create the blue gray areas in the doorway and lights on the door.
I put a base color on the young mans shirt with cobalt; his pants with olive and an ocher on his skin and shoes. I painted a gray on the sidewalk to show shadows.
Next step, beginning the detail of the young man. Comments welcomed.
I laid in another layer to the stone wall and red door.
From the photographer (Kelsey Glover) of the photo, I learned that the building this young man is sitting at is called Hassan Tower.
Hassan Tower is the minaret of an incomplete mosque in Rabat, Morocco. Construction began in 1195 AD and the tower was meant to be the largest minaret in the world along with the mosque. When the Sultan died in 1199 the construction stopped. The tower only reached 140 feet which was half of the intended 260 feet. The rest of the mosque was also left incomplete but sits next to the modern Mausoleum of Mohammed V making this is a historical and tourist complex. The tower is made of red sandstone. There are ramps instead of stairs to ascend the tower. This was to allow the muezzin to ride their horses to the top to issue the call for prayer.
I hope you find the background of this painting as fascinating as I have.
My daughter's best friend of 14 years is like a daughter to me. She is graduating May 21st from Elon University with a double major in International Studies with an emphasis in Arab nations and a second major in Journalism. Last summer she went to Morocco for two weeks and took some amazing pictures. She has kindly given me some shots to paint. I liked the clean lines and almost monochromatic scheme. I am sure there is a story as to why this young man is sitting outside the locked door looking so forlorn. I can not remember the type of building it is. I will have to ask before I finish the painting.
It took me a while to draw this "simple" painting. I wanted to make sure the perspective was spot on. To the left is the first wash of the building.
Next, I whetted the wall down and laid in another wash along with some darks in the stone. While wet, I pulled some of the paint off to keep those areas light.
When the painting dried, I masked the areas to keep the whites or the stone light.
When the masking fluid dried I began laying in some darks to establish the lines in the stone and some shading on the door.
Next, I wet the door and put down a light gray where the light is reflected on the door. I mixed burnt sienna and madder lake for the doors color. Using a brush with clean water I blended the two areas together.
I am having fun with this one because it has been quick loose washes so far. My goal is to get it done for a show coming up.