I was a little dissatisfied this morning after reviewing yesterday's post so decided to have another go with a slightly different view. A definite improvement and there are many things I like about this. Not perfect but then what is?
First the drawing. This is a pretty much a square on view which I tend to gravitate towards. I cropped closer in and made more of the surrounding foliage.
First I went over most of the paper with light diffuse washes. This gives a hint of color but is mostly a kind of walkthrough to rehearse where the darks will go. I started the final coat with the tower keeping some variation in color in the darks and letting some edges bleed so things didn't get too rigid. In particular I painted the spindles and then washed over them with a clean damp brush so they are more diffuse and don't leap out at you.
Onto some foliage and the main windows. The darks are starting to define the building and again I kept the darks in the window colorful and diffuse.
The final thing. The red garage door had a lot of wash through it which I decided against tidying up. I like the visual disconnect you get between something looking like an object and the wateriness of the medium. Pretty happy with this but often tomorrow morning I have different opinions.