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Watercolor of Emily's Deck in Santa Cruz

by Caroline , August 22, 2012—12:00 AM

Topics: Drawing, artist life, light, making art, shadow, value, watercolor, wet on wet painting

An early morning restaurant deck is the site for a cappuccino and a quick ink and watercolor sketch. Greens dominate, and the shed features a zebra, which is a motif throughout Emily's in Santa Cruz, CA. I'm an early riser, and I often do such sketches on the fly during the private time I find at the beginning of day. Emily's is a walk up the hill from my daughter & son-in-law's apartment,and I was the only person enjoying the deck with my early coffee. It was a bit chilly, but that's a pleasure when it's a break from sizzling summer days in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley. The morning overcast flattened colors and softened shadows but not enough to mute the vibrancy of the green trees.



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