Chalk Magic


Watercolor on illustration board. 20″ x 14.5″

While the city bakes in the sun, she dreams of water.

I spent too long on this painting because I kept changing my mind. Originally the city was supposed to be very grimy and dark, but as I worked on the design, it gained a sort of Middle-Eastern atmosphere: dry, sunny, and hot.

The view through "window" in the wall was supposed to show an opposite of the city. Originally this was a green forest, then a garden, then a bright ocean. After painting in the ocean, I decided that this wasn't different enough from the lighting and mood of the city. I added some pink and darker blue, and made it a sea at sunset.