Palacio de Bellas Artes / Pen and Ink / 6 x 9 inches

Now for something different. But first, some background. Yesterday's painting, Scratchers, was painted in a motel room near the airport in Albuquerque. This morning, Monday, that is, we got up at 4am. (I'm accustomed to getting to bed at 3am. Or later.) at 6:30, we flew out of Albuquerque, on our way through Dallas/Fort Worth, and on to Mexico City, where we arrived at 12:20 in the afternoon.

We checked into our hotel and got cleaned up, then went exploring, had dinner, and back to the hotel a little after dark. Oops! The light in the room is dismal. Nice room, lousy lighting, at least for painting.

Really large paintings aside, I have painted for years, whether in oil, acrylic or watercolor, especially watercolor, with no preliminary drawing. Then I began doing small sketches I called confections, as they were almost like mini-vacations from the serious work I normally worked on. They were in ink, with color added, mostly as accents.

Recently, the confections have gradually matured into a whole new body of work. I'm enjoying this new direction more and more as it unfolds. Both the drawing and the painting. In fact, I've been thinking I might start mixing things up a bit. Some days, I will feature watercolors, on other days, oils, or drawings. Drawings that can stand on their own merits

Which brings us to today's work, a drawing of the Palace of Fine Arts, a beautiful building just a couple of blocks from the hotel. I was getting ready to paint it as a night scene, when I thought, why ruin a good drawing by trying to paint over it in watercolor with the awful light in this hotel room?

So here it is, today's image, a drawimg for today, that will, with better light, become tomorrow's watercolor. Stay tuned.

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3 thoughts on “PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES / Daily Painting #1211

  1. What a beautiful drawing! I love all the little details! I had no idea you and Thea started your travels. Have fun!! I can’t wait to see paintings from whatever catches your eye in Mexico

  2. The black and white movies were harder to make than the color movies. Gives new freshness and brightness. You opened a door of the past and made it better.

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