|Watercolor on gessoed paper|
This painting is on a half sheet of Arches cut lengthwise to make it 30" wide by about 12" high. First the paper was covered with a liberal amount of gesso, then wax paper was gently placed on top of the wet gessoed surface. I made sure the wax paper made contact with the gesso everywhere before quickly lifting it all off. Leave it on only long enough to make contact with the wet gesso. You'll create some wonderful and unpredictable textures on the gesso. After it dries, if the texture is too strong, use a fine sand paper to buff off the peaks of the hardened gesso.
Once the darks are in place, the painting is nearly completed. Several roofs were darkened as well as spires and the shadows under the bridges. The green of the trees was also added. A few tweaks here and there was all that was needed to call it done.