March 27th, 2016

Gapstow Bridge – Central Park

Artist: Joe Rayome, United States
Artist Statement: As much as I enjoy working in the studio, there really is no substitute for the experience of working on location. Although it can be intimidating, the knowledge I’ve gained from drawing and sketching in city crowds and changing environments has led me to understand my process more fully, and ultimately fuels the fire for my studio work. The quickened pace of working on location has taught me the value of simplifying a scene and how a few well-placed brush strokes will always be more powerful than a thousand fussy ones. This is especially true with watercolor: less is more.

This image of the Gapstow Bridge in Central Park is an example of a quick sketch in which I was merely attempting to capture the feel of the scene before the sun fell behind the skyline of the city behind me. It’s not a finished painting, nor is it meant to be – It’s simply an exercise in observation and technique. I quickly penciled in the waterline and the shape of the bridge before laying in a series of watercolor washes, preserving negative shapes along the way. I wasn’t quite satisfied with the relationship of water and land, so I went back in with darker tones and allowed them to run from the bridge down over the surface of the pond. I often find that when a painting isn’t working for me, it’s because I’ve failed to connect my shapes.

MEDIA: Watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Joe Rayome is a full-time artist and Signature Member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He lives in New York City.
Instagram @joerayomeart

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_Gapstow Bridge_ Joe Rayome for Stillman and Birn


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