Category Archives: Watercolour

Sea Shell Sketches

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Seashell sketches ~ drawn with a HB pencil and painted with watercolours. I drew rough pencil outlines and filled in with watercolours.

These are the very first sketches I’ve done since I was in Secondary School, which was the better part of 40 years ago – I’m VERY out of practice! For my first attempts, I’m reasonably pleased with them.

My goal this year is to draw and sketch more and paint them with watercolours. At school I used to be reasonably good at drawing – but sadly the teaching and motivation I got from the art (and needlework) teacher was virtually nonexistent…!

I was inspired to do these by Anna Warren – her sketches in her blog posts Sketching in Tasmania and Freycinet – from the sketchbook are just lovely. Do have a look…

(NB – week 2 of the Surface Treatment Workshop will be next Wednesday instead of today – life got in the way…. as it does… !)

The Blues

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Watercolour samples which have now been stuck into one of my growing number of sketchbooks. Lovely blue shades – Prussian Blue, Indigo, Cerulean Blue, along with Phthalo Turquoise, Lemon Yellow, Sap Green, Paynes Grey and Burnt Umber.

You will recognize this image as one of the images in my current blog header…

Shades Of Blue

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This is another one of a series of colour charts I have done in a dedicated sketchbook. These are watercolours in shades of blue and turquoise mixed with Chinese White. I absolutely adore these colours and shades.

These charts are purely for my own reference – I find it useful to have a visual guide of how colours mix together. Sometimes the results are quite unexpected. Plus seeing lots of beautiful colours and shades on one page inspires me. And it’s a really fun thing to do… !

Aurora

 

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A 9 cm x 10 cm abstract mixed media sample for my collaged sketchbook, inspired by the Aurora Borealis. The colours at the base are Intense Blue (Phthalo Blue) and Lemon Yellow watercolours. The blue bled into the yellow to create a gorgeous shade of turquoise and to that I added a touch of Emerald and the tiniest bit of Yellow Ochre. When dry I added complimentary shades of Pearl Mica to add a starry sparkle to my Aurora

Colour Study

I’ve started to create a series of colour charts in a sketch book I’ve set aside especially for the purpose. I’ve done this purely for my own personal benefit so that I have a reference guide I can refer to when creating art. They help me decide what colours and shades I want to use when planning my work and they give me an idea of which colours I need to mix get get the desired results.

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I’ve done about 12 of these charts so far and I have made myself use colours that I don’t generally tend to go for as well as my favourites – so I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone a little. I’ve found it a really interesting exercise – some colours have reacted quite differently to how I expected. I’ve used just watercolours so far but in time I will move on to some acrylics as well.

I find it inspiring to see the variety of colours all on one page – it makes it easy to see what colours work well together. It’s inspired me to use different colours, tints and shades I might not otherwise have considered.

Most of all though, creating these colour charts has been GREAT FUN!! I find it enormously relaxing and therapeutic!

 

A Winter Sunset

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A 9 x 9 cm abstract watercolour for my collaged sketchbook – I am just starting to fill it’s empty pages.

I used just three colours – Yellow Ochre, Indigo and Prussian Blue  and gently let the colours bleed into each other.

A Blue & Turquoise Moment

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Blue and turquoise images from my Flickr photostream, links to the original images are below:

1. Abstract Collage Mosaic 2. The Blues 3. Macro Abstract Art 4 4. Indigo & Lace 5. Winter Beauty 6. Blue Jeans 4 7. Notebook & Pencils 2 8. Denim Watercolour 9. Notebook & Pencils

I love these colours -they inspire me to create…

The Blues…

Denim Watercolour

I treated myself to a new watercolour last week – indigo. Of course I had to try it out, so I did a series of small samples to go in my 14.5 x 14.5 cm sketchbook. Above is Indigo combined with Cobalt Turquoise.

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This sample is Prussian Blue combined with Indigo

Denim & Lace Watercolour

This sample is Pthalo Turquoise mixed with Burnt Sienna.

These shades of blue and turquoise are some of my most favourite watercolour shades. These watercolour samples inspired me to do a whole series of denim photos:

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Blue Jeans

Usually it’s photography that inspires me to create some art but this time it was a little artwork that inspired me to take a series of photos. You can view more of these denim images in my Photostream on Flickr.