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There was no other reason for trying this image than to see if I could paint these detailed shapes and capture their reflections. This was painted using a reference photo from “Artist’s Photo References Buildings and Barns” by Gary Greene.

The most difficult part of this entire piece was trying to decide what to include and what not to.



  1. This is so beautiful Leslie ! Love the reflection and colors πŸ˜ƒβ€

    • Those warm reflections really drew me in. How does one make water from buildings? That was the question running through my mind. I think that boat helped define water. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much, Violetski.

  2. Your precision and perfection makes me awestruck, I have no words to describe this beauty and hard work that has gone in to it!

    • You are too kind, Padmaja. I’m sure you know I sat here squinting and struggling. Architectural renderer I am certainly not, but something about all this detail drew me in and made me work at it. Thank you for praising that hard work! πŸ™‚

  3. So wonderful. I want to crawl inside this painting and walk around.

    • You mention something I thought about while painting this. I have NEVER been somewhere like this. I have never seen a place like this except through photographs. I thought it beautiful and a place I might like to wander around in, too. Thank you, Gretchen! πŸ™‚

  4. Even though very detailed there is a “primitive” quality to the images…which brings out the simplicity of the images.
    Well done!!!!

    • I agree. Totally primitive, jots. The building on the right is “crookedy” and the one on the left is warped somehow, but something about the colors and the contrast worked. You bring out, in your comment, something I speak about in my classes sometimes to adnauseum. Great art does not rely on precision, alone, but the “speak” that comes from it. If my students had to worry about every little thing? I’d lose them. I do not want to do that. Thank you for your trained eye and a wonderful comment reinforcing that idea, here.
      OH! ….and thank you for commenting so I could take a trip over to your blog. I’m still smiling over the painting of the dancing on the tabletop!!!!! You Rock! πŸ™‚

  5. How absolutely stunning, Leslie! I love how the crinkles in the paper in the sky area gives the sense of a cloud back there. This area is just gorgeous and I have to agree with Gretchen.

    • I like all those crinkles, too, Sherry. The fascination with masa paper is something that constantly pulls me back to it. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  6. oh wow! I don’t even know where to begin. I can’t wait to try the masa paper. The texture nad contrast of the background-most trees with the middle, then the detailing on the structures, then the reflections in the water! All the detailing highlights on the fence, and the masa texture creating limb shadows on the foreground-most building… stunning work, Leslie

  7. Very detailed. You got the reflections perfectly. I love it!

  8. O the RED gets me quick!
    Reflections–some of my favorite things in any medium–photography, painiting, writing…
    And I want a ride on that boat too. It looks like a good day for current trip. How about a picnic, Leslie?

    • Gosh. A picnic sounds great! Right under those huge elms (giggling). Sounds like you need to stick by home or else you will come back to no elm trees. Thank you, Eva. πŸ™‚

  9. LOVE, love, love this one, Leslie! The warmth and the reflections are gorgeous!!!!

    • I can hardly wait for things to slow down at the sign shop so you can do more of these! Thank you, so much, Beth! πŸ™‚

  10. Wonderful – architecture and water. I really like all of the red textures.

    • My leaning staircase and all? Thank you, Ruth. I thought of you and Nuno and Beth and your abilities to render buildings the whole time I worked on them. πŸ™‚

  11. This is beautiful, Leslie. The colors just pop and the water absolutely shimmers!

    • Hi Jay! Thank you for that, especially the shimmering water. Water can be fickle when I try to paint it. πŸ™‚

  12. I’m in love with Masa paper and I know you are too. This painting had me really looking at it long and hard. The warm reds and pinkish tones in the building are wonderful. I love the reflections in the water, even what seems like drips that you kept as reflections under the boat. Magical and magnificent. I love all the masa texture that comes through.

    Did you go back with white to do all the details around the windows, railings and on the boat?

    • Thank you so much for trying this paper, Carol. Now I have someone to talk to about it and compare notes. I love what you are doing with it, too. The original toning for this was a color called copper kettle put out by Amaerican Journey. It gave an overall warm background. Yes. That is titanium white watercolor and I waited till the last to apply it so it did not mute or mess with the other colors. I would not have used it had the background tone appeared with enough contrast but it didn’t. πŸ™‚

  13. Oh wow! I love it, Leslie.

  14. You have totally succeeded! Reflections are so hard… You’ve accomplished a beautiful scene! You are an inspiration, always!

  15. That’s the artist’s challenge in a nutshell…what to include and what to leave out. The end result turned out well!

    • Thankyou, Al. I wanted to put little people in this but was just to tired of little things once I did all those little windows.

  16. Good job, Leslie, this is a difficult subject matter!

    • You can say that again, however, your paintings of water scenes look effortlessly done and always turn out so wonderful. Thank you for this comment, Frank!

  17. Hey Leslie!! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for visiting this week. πŸ™‚ And also for your kind comment.
    Every time I visit your blog, I’m amazed. Love your paintings so much. And those effects! just wow.

  18. gorgeous- ana

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