April 19th, 2016

Hungarian Parliament Building

Artist:  George Lewis, United States

Artist Statement: I use watercolor as a tool to express my thoughts and emotions. One of its great qualities is seeing the water and paint co-mingle together, almost dancing on the paper. I have always been deeply drawn to architecture, on which the majority of my work is centered, and the unlimited environments around it. Whether that be an urban setting or a far off destination, there is always a story to tell and experiences to take in. While architecture and its surroundings in my artwork are crucial, so is my intention to emphasize the light and shadows around them as well.

I’ve always been intrigued by European architecture. Recently, I discovered the vast amounts of wonderful buildings in Budapest, Hungary, a country not really well recognized by very many tourists. One such structure is the Hungarian Parliament Building. It’s a great classic example of neo-gothic architecture which unfortunately is one of very few still remaining in the country. For this piece I sketched the building out with an HB pencil adding very subtle details here and there. I then applied watercolor in a way to evoke not a true painting but simply a sketch, applying paint in certain areas and leaving the true white of the paper in others. In all honesty, my true approach when beginning this piece was to just paint and “see where it goes.” I believe the more you think about a painting, sometimes you just might also be over-thinking it as well. When the entire painting was dry, I lifted paint in areas I felt were too dark. I also put a few small highlights using Chinese white paint. Lastly I added areas of shading using my pencil. This piece is probably my third watercolor sketch using the Alpha series. I’ve always used the Beta series in the past but I must say that the two papers both work great for my intentions, each in their very own distinct ways.

MEDIA: Pencil and watercolor
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: George Lewis is an architectural illustrator and fine artist. He works in a variety of mediums including, marker, pen & ink and pencil but specializes in watercolor.

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Hungarian Parliment


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