Subtle pops of color punctuate the gray streets of Pablo Rubén López Sanz‘s large-scale watercolor cityscapes, enticing us to view the world anew.
The Spanish artist says that because he only paints landscapes and cityscapes, “travel offers the best way to find new subjects. All of my paintings are based on places to which I’ve actually been.
“For me, the most important aspect of a painting is that it captures the real atmosphere of the place, not an illustration,” he continues. “Staying away from colorful scenes helps me to avoid that kind of artificiality. When possible, I try to use only two dominant colors and a few touches of their complements in any painting … In the focal point, I add dots of a brighter version of a color from elsewhere in the painting to attract the attention of the viewer. To me, it’s important that a watercolor has uniformity; ‘unity in diversity’ is the key.”
Learn more about Rubén López Sanz and his international cityscapes in the April 2015 issue of Watercolor Artist, available now in print or as a download at NorthLightShop.com (and on newsstands February 17).
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