Rock Pile

Rock Pile - NB

A rock pile on the beach. This is a watercolour sketch created as an interpretation of one of my own photos. I’ve been watching Hazel Soan’s DVD “On The Rocks”. It’s inspirational – she makes it look so easy. This is my first attempt at putting into practice some of the techniques she demonstrates on the DVD.

My rock pile was painted on Saunders Waterford High White paper, 140lb Cold Pressed & 100% cotton. It measures 19 cm x x29 cm. The bulk of the rocks were painted with only two colours – Monte Amiata Natural Sienna and French Ultramarine. I love how they granulate. Tiny amounts of other colours were used for the shadows.

I started with a very basic pencil sketch. This was lots of fun to paint and I’m inspired to try some more…

16 thoughts on “Rock Pile

  1. Lovely interpretation and the colours are beautiful – I love that the top pebble makes me wonder if it is about to fall!

    1. Thank you Carolynn – Hazel Soan paints the shadows so effortlessly, I have to work hard at it! I’m quite pleased with my efforts here though…

    1. Thank you! I did work hard to try to capture the 3 dimensional quality of the rocks with the colouring and shading. I still have so much to I want to learn about watercolour…

    1. The beach where I took the original photo is covered in rocks and pebbles of all shapes and sizes. People build these stone piles just for fun. And it was fun to paint – thank you Kerfe…!

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