Breezy, cool and low humidity is a Floridian's idea of a perfect day. Chris and I decided to have lunch at one our favorite places to eat, a little Greek taverna so we could sit outside and enjoy the weather.
Huge cypress trees in big, big olive-style pots sit around the area as a privacy screen and wind break.
|Acropolis Greek Taverna Cypress|
Watercolor and Ink
Stillman & Birn Beta Sketchbook
5.5 x 8.5 inches
Have you ever seen a green brick before that wasn't painted? Probably not. But if you look at the bricks above, I have a few. This is called embellishing, it's one of the "5 E's System" I teach in the Imaginary Trip classes to help artists learn to sketch on location.
Embellish means just that—to embellish what you see with colors that may not be there or may not be very obvious. Embellishing can be subtle or quite obvious depending on what the art calls for.
When we rely on photos for the majority of our sketching references, we sometimes forget that a camera is limited in the colors it can "see," versus what our eyes and more importantly, our imaginations, can see.
Try adding some "extra" pop to your work by embellishing with some unexpected color and see what you think. Let me know how it goes!