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Fremont Bridge studies

I’ve always been a seat of my pants kind of painter and enjoyed just starting in on a canvas without a plan and allowing the painting to become what ever it will. But, having struggled to complete two large paintings without a real plan, I’ve decided that it’s probably a good idea to do some studies before launching into a big project so that I know what I’m trying to accomplish. Maybe I’ll have a better idea of when I’m done, for one thing.

Here are a couple of studies I’m considering for a larger piece.

“Under the Fremont Bridge – sketch” 5″ x 7″ watercolor and ink



“Under the Fremont Bridge – value study” 9″ x 12″ oil on panel


8 thoughts on “Fremont Bridge studies”

  1. hey Bill. The 9×12 kicks butt! very subtle difference but the dark value continuing deeper on the under bridge part and the sky has a bit less variation in value difference makes this one quite stellar! Just my opinion of course. Just noticed the line difference in the 9×12 also 1/3rd up from bottom angled a bit towards lower right corner. Works beautifully against the bridge. Increases distance.


  2. Beautiful watercolor Bill. I really the watercolor sketches on your site. They strike a nice balance between being both loose and energetic, but also having certain forms tight and solidified. They inspire me to get my watercolors out again.


  3. Brian, always nice to hear from you. Thanks

    Jared, thanks for the kind words. I admire your work and look forward to seeing some new watercolors, from you. I loved the extreme plein air documentary, btw


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