February 6th, 2015

Gapstow Bridge

Artist: Joanne Gustilo, United States
Artist Statement: Central Park is definitely one of the best places to capture winter’s finest landscapes. It is absolutely beautiful, a winter wonderland in the heart of New York City. The park is covered with mounds of snow, after a blizzard hit the city a week ago. While walking and watching, the light snow falls and swirls and gives a feeling of both nostalgia and happiness. A magical moment that I need to capture before it melts away.

It was very cold for plein air painting at this time, so I just took tons of photographs for future references. I choose to sketch and paint the Gapstow Bridge, perhaps one of the popular and most photographed bridges in Central Park. I just lightly outlined the bridge and foreground with pencil, and I decided to make a full spread layout on my sketchbook. I limited my watercolor palette to Daniel Smiths’ Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Purple and a little bit of Paynes Grey in order to capture the color tones of winter.

This is my first time to use the Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook, and must say I have reservations at first because I am used to and love working on the Beta Series sketchbook with its textured finish. But I fall in love with the Zeta sketchbook right away. I love the smoothness of the paper, even if I had puddles of water on it. It holds up very well with my heavy watercolor washes and lifting colors is much easier due its smooth surface. I think I will enjoy working with the Zeta Series sketchbook from now on as much as I have with the Beta sketchbook. And I am very pleased also with the size that I chose, which is an 8 1/2″ x 11″, a perfect size for me to play.

MEDIA: Pencil and watercolor
SURFACE: Zeta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

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