Sunset Over the Harbor #hahnemühle

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Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
I have had the most fun over the weekend working on this piece I am calling
Sunset Over the Harbor.
Let me walk you through it. 
Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
I used a block of Hahnemühle Expression Cold
Pressed Watercolor Paper to create this piece on. 
It began with a large sheet of Canson Watercolor
paper and I  just rolled out a lot of 
Dina Wakley acrylic colors in stripes. 
(Just squeeze a dot of color and brayer it as
far as you can make it go.)
Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
 Then I used the Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed
watercolor block to ‘clean’ the brayer.
I just rolled back and forth after each color until the brayer was clean.
You can see in the shot above how the color
looked at the beginning. 
Just kind of blotchy and patchy and pretty.
Then I used a pencil and started the placement of
the waves I wanted to use.
Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
 I tried to use a micron to add ink, but the texture of this Expression paper was intense enough that I changed to a regular black sharpie pen to ink over the lines for the waves, and to make the lighthouse and the start of the sun.
Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
 I really love the texture of the Expression paper
and the bright colors showing through the bones
of my drawing.
Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
 A couple boats and the rays of the sun rounded out
the drawing, then I started adding color with my
favorite Schmincke watercolor pans.
You just can not go wrong with their color
and they worked so wonderfully on this Hahnemühle paper!
And I love how you can still catch glimpses of the
underlying brayered color. 
And that texture! It’s amazing!
Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
 I have never done a lighthouse or boats,
so this was a first for me. A lot of fun
and I am really happy with the way it
turned out!
Those little white highlights on the waves
are a simple white gelly roll pen. 
Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
Alice Hendon, Sunset on the Harbor piece using schmincke watercolors on Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed watercolor paper
I thought you might like some detail shots.
This piece is approximately 9″ x 12″.
I left it on the watercolor block until it was completely
finished and the paper was totally dry.
Then I removed the page from the block with a metal
palette knife. 
I like that most of Hahnemühle’s papers come in block
form, so you can let your art dry in place before removing it.
That way your page doesn’t curl or warp,
it dries totally flat and stays that way when
you remove it.
I am working on a review of the
Hahnemühle Expression Cold Pressed Watercolour
Block – making enough art using various media
so I can give it a fair overall review.
So far the paper is batting 1000.
Want to pick up some Expression 
so you can give it your own review?
You can purchase some here.

10 thoughts on “Sunset Over the Harbor #hahnemühle

  1. Oh Alice, I love this!!! The colors, the composition…your adorable boats & lighthouse…just gorgeous! I especially love the details you inked in! Beautiful!!

  2. The graphic nature of this is lovely & I can see you had enormous fun, don't the white bits of 'foam' bring those waves alive?? The lighthouse & your boats work superbly & I especially like those little pennants on the far right boat.

    • those little pennants started out a bright red but they got lost with the red of the sun being there also, so out came the purple. got to be flexible. hahaha!

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