Making a painting from Cancun
In July Brian and I took a trip to Cancun. It was our first time there and so we were anxious to explore and see all we could. On a day trip to see cenotes (natural sink holes filled with fresh water) and caves south of town I found my perfect location for the first painting. My paintings always start with sketches, pencil and/or watercolor. Here I want to show the progression from start to finish.
These are blind contour sketches I did while there, I combined them to make the image for the painting.
Cave by Cathy Carey ©2014
cave entrance by Cathy Carey ©2014
Research is always part of the creative process, these are a few of the materials I used.
Book on Codex Nuttall, photos from trip, watercolor sketches from trip, blind contour drawings and finished sketches
Research materials for a painting of Cancun
Watercolors done on location. Here I am, palette, brushes and sketchbook.
Working on a watercolor at the underground river Cenote
Watercolor sketch for Underground River
Underground river with butterflies
Work in Progress of Underground River, first layer.
Stage one on Underground River
Stage 2 on Underground River
Stage 3 on Underground River
The finished product.
Final Underground River ©2014 Cathy Carey