Essence of the Scene

Tree-lined Street, Alameda, California. July 2014, Analytic Transparent Watercolor by Sara Kahn. Third place award from the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild. Juried Plein air Show 2014

Tree-lined Street
Alameda, California. July 2014, Framed 29” x 35”. Analytic Transparent Watercolor

♥ Third place award from the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild. Juried Plein air Show 2014

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts Juried Plein Air Quick Draw Event was the first ever Quick Draw I participated in. My paintings usually take anywhere from eight to ten hours to complete; before I painted this watercolor, I did not think it was going to be possible for me to paint a watercolor in two hours. I focused on the essence of the scene.To make the challenge even harder, the painter painting beside me had a gigantic alarm clock set on his van so he would not exceed the time constraint! The clock rang five minutes before the deadline.

I was about to paint over it after the event, to add more details and more layers, however the freshness and immediacy of it appealed to me, and I left it the way it was.

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