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Biltmore Tower, Coral Gables, Florida


I had several hours of sun at the beautiful Biltmore pool before the temperature in Florida plunged to the 50s and the blizzard of 2006 started in New York City.  We actually had "snow envy" because we were missing the winter fun in Central Park.  The tower on the beautiful old Biltmore Hotel must have been sketched and painted thousands of times, and it was a challenge for me to work on this 4.5 X 6" drawing.  A hotel employee told me that many artists sketched it from the golf course, head on, instead of from this angle as it rises above the other rooflines of the hotel.  This seemed like just the "perspective practice" that I need.  I used my new Daler-Rowney travel set of watercolor paints and medium and small Niji waterbrushes for the first time.  These traveled well, in contrast to my Pigma micron pens which leaked during the plane ride.


You must feel sOo good about this w/c sketch. It is w/c sketch perfection in my opinion. Did you really do light washes leaving each to dry btwn? mind you if this is the case I'm sure it wasn't too much of a wait with the temperatures you were experiencing. Truly wonderful, I'm so glad I got to see it this am.

Shirley -- this is beautifully done!!! GREAT perspective and watercolor!!!! BRAVA!

You did a wonderful job on this and got the right perspective. Like the WC washes too.

what a great job. you MUST be pleased with this.

Beautiful sketch, Shirley!!

You'll have to take a picture of your new travelling watercolor set...I'm dying to know what it looks like in real life!

Great job with this -- I'll bet the perspective was a monster! :-)
Good for you for taking this one on, and doing it from your own point of view rather than from where most others go.

Love this, wish we had a few buildings like this to draw Penny in Aust

Beautifully done. The colors turned out lovely. I too had a pen that opened and ruined the lining in my good purse and it was brand new. Now I carry a new pencil case so that won't happen again.

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