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August Challenge – Up on the Roof

I really enjoyed taking part in the July Challenge over on Paint My Photo, so when they announced their August challenge about roofs I was keen to take part even though the subject isn’t necessarily my strong point. There were two photos that I would like to have attempted but I’m running out of time before my trip away (the deadline is before I get back) so I think I’ll be lucky to have one finished piece.

The reference I’m using is this Scottish Boathouse taken by Rick Brind. If I was a more experienced watercolourist I’d have loved to attempt the colours of the roof in watercolour, but I’m not! And I don’t really have time to experiment if I want a completed entry in the challenge, so I’m sticking with more forgiving pastels.

Here’s where I’ve got up to at the moment, just the first layers of colour on the background. I’ve got to adjust the pitch of the roof as it’s looking a bit skewed.

First layers of soft pastel

First layers of soft pastel in the background

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