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by Nancy Longmate

by Nancy Longmate



These are Nancy’s and my second paintings inspired by Carol King’s post here.

An interesting thing is beginning to happen with these. I have seen this happen, time and time again, in our watercolor classes. We study a technique and it grows into all forms of styles.  What I really like about this technique is the strength in value it lends to a scene and the element of interest the splatter and runs create.

I completely forgot to do a step-by-step with my painting but have another in the works that I will post that illustrates the monochromatic and splatter phases.

Our first attempts, with description of technique, can be found here.

My painting of a street corner is from a reference photo I took , near here, in Churubusco, Indiana. It is so small town Indiana!


  1. It seems that the paintings are becoming dreamier? I like them both. There is a Valero gas station in my town of Crestline that is caught in the painting. Hmmmm.

    • Thank you, Gretchen. I had never heard of Valero until my daughter moved to Churubusco, Indiana. It occupies the main crossroads in that small town.

  2. The values are good plus the yummy colors

    • Thank you! That’s what I like best about these, the value contrasts.

  3. Very exciting process and the results I’m just loving. Would love to see a step-by-step progression of your developing a painting with this technique.

    • I have taken the step-by-step photos of the one I just completed, Mary. I will post it soon. This has really opened up another approach to watercolor for me. Thank you!

  4. Both gorgeous! And wow that truck is practically photographic. You’re totally right about the splatter adding a lot of dimension. So great and hooray (again!) for new techniques!

    • Thank you, Cindy, about the truck! I couldn’t believe my luck that there was actually a black truck at the corner! Worked so well with the other colors.

  5. Amazing precision Leslie, love the details in every nook and corner, beautiful!

    • Thank you, Padmaja. The first thing that amazed me about Tim Saternow’s work, were his detailed drawings, prior to painting. This is great practice in drawing and value.

  6. This is wonderful! I also just happened to see Carol King’s post yesterday and was thinking I might give this a go. Now I’ve seen yours I’m definitely going to try this out soon 🙂

    • I think you will have fun with this Nicola. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I finally found your blog through your name. I like your artwork!

  7. I absolutely adore small towns and the feel of both of these paintings is fabulous, Leslie. I also love how you continue to experiment and grow yourself as an artist.

    • Thank you, Sherry. I continue to experiment for two reasons. I enjoy learning something new and it helps me offer
      something new to my students.

  8. Good job

    • Hi Sydney,
      Thank you for taking a look and commenting on Nancy’s and my paintings. You are special! 🙂

  9. I like both of these small town and rural Indiana scenes. We have some pretty interesting landscapes in the midwest, don’t we.

    • I agree. The more I really “look”, the more I get an appreciation for what midwest really is in vision and experience. Thank you, Ruth!

  10. Once again, you and Nancy outdid yourselves. I love the way the splatter brings your eye back to the paper and the image brings you into the painting. Your sky came out wonderfully and I like the drips on the street in both yours and Nancy’s painting. Can’t wait to see more!

  11. Excellent painting Leslie!

  12. Oh what fun! It turned out really well! I find street scenes daunting with all their lines. But all the splashes really break that up! Well done!

  13. I’m loving these Leslie, will have a go myself. By the way, the other half of the portrait session you asked about is here -

    • The portraits are beautiful! That is you, Right? I am trying to figure out how to read your friend’s blog. There is no running stream of day to day. I have bookmarked her site, though.
      Thank you for the comment. This has been a fun project to try this summer, while I have more time. I am, now beginning to wonder if it will become something I ad more frequently to paintings. It is very adaptable.

      • I’ve not worked it out either! This technique is surprisingly strong. Read the instructions alone and you wouldn’t think it would give such vivid results. I had a rare go at watercolour this week, to be posted soon. Have a good weekend.

  14. Both the paintings are lovely. Now I really want to try the technique 🙂

    • I’m chuckling, Raji. You and I have seemed to share techniques over the years. Thank you! 🙂

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