This is another exercise from Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolours book. This exercise is all about learning to control watercolour – getting it to move in the directions you wish it to…..
I started with a blank piece of paper and imagine a white circle in the middle. I next painted two lines around the edge of this imaginary circle, roughly top and bottom with gaps….
I then bleed the colour away from the circle with a wet brush. I dropped in more pigment and then bleed the colour away again in the direction you wish it to go. The colour only goes in the direction you invite it to with the brush and water….
The colour will not enter the white circle unless you “invite” it to with your brush and water….
Above you can see that the edges of the circle are blurred because I invited the pigment into the circle with a wet brush.
This was a very simple exercise but I found it very useful. Again, this was not about producing a “masterpiece” or finished piece of work, but simply to learn how we can control watercolour using brushstrokes, placement of water and pigment….
I like my circles and I used Khadi paper for these exercises. From the top, the colours I used were Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Turquoise, Phthalo Blue, Indigo and Prussian Blue.
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.
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!
Some lovely things arrived in the post the other day…
Some lovely art prints, a beautiful textile heart in lovely ocean blue colours and a small abstract seascape painting
all had made by my lovely sister Carolyn Saxby
close up details of the heart
You can view Carolyn Saxby’s work at:
Carolyn Saxby Textiles & Photography
Please do take a look at her beautiful work…
If you do visit Carolyn’s Etsy Shop and you see something you like my recommendation is that you buy it straight away to avoid disappointment because her work tends to sell out very quickly (particularly the textile hearts)… it probably wont be there when you return… !
I hope you all have a lovely day…
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…
A macro view of abstract art from my sketchbook, with one of my own lace textures…
I’m love art and my sketchbook is full of little art experiments I’ve created whilst trying to teach myself a few techniques.
a macro view of some abstract art/collage from my sketchbook…
St Ives harbour with a smoky blue watercolour texture