The first painting below is a sketch for our homework assignment, which is to simplify a complex scene. The scene I chose was a photo I took of houseboats on Lake Union. To simplify it, I left out most of the details and made the background misty, using the method described in Lesson 10 of Carl Schmaltz' book, Watercolor Lessons from Eliot O'Hara. The misty approach worked pretty well, and I'm looking forward to using it in a more formal painting of the same scene.
|The original photo is quite complex|
|Here's a radically simplified painted version|