Watercolour

Sea Shell Sketches

Some sea shell sketches…

I enjoyed painting these. I used Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton watercolours. I tried out some new paper to paint them on – The Langton Prestige by Daler-Rowney, 100% cotton. I bought a 12″ x 9″ gummed pad, 140 lb Rough. As a person who’s a bit fussy about my watercolour paper, I have to say that I’m very impressed with this paper. It’s strong, good quality paper, and reasonably priced…

Before painting my sea shells I tested out some colours first…

This is a great way of testing colours for sea shells and pebbles etc.

I love seeing all these colours together and I can see at a glance whether they are right or not. Most of these beach treasures have quite an assortment of different colours in them, when you examine them closely.

I’m off now to see what else I feel like painting…

Watercolour

Beach Treasures

Beach Treasures - NB
Beach Treasures

I had a lovely long walk along the beach this morning. The tide had pushed the pebbles into piles and washed up some lovely interesting things. I gathered a few shells and decided that I would paint some of them when I got home. The limpets were lovely greys and redish browns and I even found one with a band of green around it…

Above you can see my painting endeavors. On the whole I’m very pleased with my sea shell sketches. I painted straight onto Arches watercolour paper, 140 lb NOT, (29 cm x 18 cm) no pencil sketches! And I do believe that my drawing skills are improving. I guess practice pays off…