View of Garden and Studio of Eugène Delacroix, Place Fürstenberg, Paris, 2016
This set of images shows the progress of this work, from sketching, to first layers of watercolors, to the final painting.
The scene shows the private garden to the home and atelier of revered French Artist, Eugène Delacroix, which is located on a courtyard off of Place Fürstenberg, in the "Left Bank" of Paris. The garden is formed by a variety of residential buildings, with different heights, -- which allows sunlight into the garden at different times of day. Despite the asymmetrical arrangement, the space is unified by the stone rubble walls, light colored facades, and reddish brown roofscapes, -- with the focus being the white studio building, and pathways leading to it.
The early sketches show working with color watercolor pencils, which is helpful for identifying different elements before applying paints.
The challenge of this painting was to depict the view with sunlight in front [as based on similar approach in works by JMW Turner], and use the appropriate colors / apply highlights and shadows to this effect.