August 26th, 2015

St. Edmund Parish School

Artist: Ted Gordon, United States
Artist Statement: I sketched St. Edmund Parish School [Oak Park, IL] in watercolor. The ornate, French-styled features captured my attention and I wanted to paint the feeling of them knotted along the roofline. I chose two neighboring views that framed those details in dimensional lighting.

I worked on facing pages in my Stillman & Birn sketchbook, so I could paint the views on two pages at once. I indicated a few main landmarks in pencil, then progressed with my Winsor & Newton watercolors quickly and loosely, light-to-dark, limiting my palette to three colors. I used an angled brush, so I could get edges where I wanted them. I painted a layer on the left, then a layer on the right, alternating until I had a density I liked.

MEDIA: Pencil and watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

Ted Gordon is a professional artist and animator; he enjoys urban sketching, plein air painting, and taking on commissions featuring the beautiful architecture in and around Chicago. His websites are and

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