Cityscapes

Several months ago while sitting in a hotel in Austin, Texas I began to draw some little fantasy cityscapes. Odd shaped buildings, bright colors and people with pointed hats.

Big Town, watercolor and ink, 6" x 8", copyright ECR 2014
Big Town, watercolor and ink, 6″ x 8″, copyright ECR 2014

I really enjoyed adding watercolor to the little pencil drawings and outlining everything in ink.

watercolor and ink, 6" x 8". copyright ECR 2014
watercolor and ink, 6″ x 8″. copyright ECR 2014

Then I was asked to create a Calgary cityscape for a party in Canada. The bright colors seemed a little too bright for an actual city.

Calgary, watercolor and ink, 8" x 10", copyright ECR 2014
Calgary, watercolor and ink, 8″ x 10″, copyright ECR 2014

I was asked to do a cityscape of London. What a treat that was. This was for a lovely young woman who has become a friend of our family. In researching the appearance of the city I was surprised at what I found. In the early seventies we lived in London for two summers. This was not the same place I remembered, beautiful, but a real departure from my memories.

London watercolor and ink, 8" x 10", copyright 2014 ECR
London
watercolor and ink, 8″ x 10″, copyright 2014 ECR

Sadly the events in Paris last week prompted me to create a piece with that city as the focus.

Paris watercolor and ink, 8" x 10", copyright 2015 ECR
Paris
watercolor and ink, 8″ x 10″, copyright 2015 ECR

I will hope that future cities are depicted for joy and gifts of love and not as tributes to a tragic event.

One of my goals for this year is 12 commissions. If you are interested in a cityscape of your own or for a gift please drop me an email and I will let you know the particulars. beth@bethroomel.com.

 

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