One of my most common mistakes in watercolour painting, is to take on a too complicated or detailed scenery.
I just don’t have the skills to master it yet.
So, for this painting, I decided to make it a bit less complicated.
I wanted a scenery with just one main building, adding some people to the street to make it more interesting.
An old post office from Oatman, Arizona immediately came to mind.
We visited the small village when we did a roadtrip on the West Cost of US in 2014.
The main (and only) street were full of loose donkeys, being set free in the area after the mining industry got closed down long ago.
After that, the donkeys just kept living in the mountains near by, coming down to the village to get a bite or two form the visiting tourists (maybe not the best diet, though…).
Anyway, the post office lay just in the start of the road, with a jolly old man selling souvenirs inside.
It looked like this:
So I did an initial sketch using a pencil:
Then came the wash:
About an hour of painting later, this became the final result:
I think the mailbox in front of the post office got a bit too dark, and could have been removed from the painting altogether.
I’m happy with this painting, though.
Especially since I didn’t use any tutorials or other form of help doing it. Just having a go at it all by myself.
It could have been more detailed, sure. But this was all about keeping it simple.
So, on to the next one!