I’ve been away for awhile, working on starting up a new interior design business with a partner. For that new venture, I’ve had to work on some watercolor renderings of interiors. Here’s a recent one. I wanted it to look faded, so I did an off-white wash. I also wanted to emphasize a shadow cast against the wall of picture moldings. So, I did an angled wash of a Payne’s Gray. It’s a tight watercolor, since it’s supposed to be an accurate “rendering” of an interior space with an accurate two-point perspective and close interpretations of fabrics and materials, such as the rug and wood plank flooring. I think I prefer a looser approach. But, tight watercolors have their place in illustration. Just think of Beatrix Potter’s pen and ink work, colored with watercolor.