This is my very first attempt at painting a winter landscape. I kept the composition very simple; it was based loosely upon the fields near my home and a photo I took some years ago…
It was painted on Arches Aquarelle Rough paper, 140 lb. I used a fairly simple palette of watercolours: Flint Grey (my own grey mix), DS Verditer Blue, DS Sepia, DS Burnt Sienna, W & N Permanent Rose, W & N Indigo and W & N Prussian Blue. The photo doesn’t really do the painting justice. Also this was my first attempt at putting a person into a painting. More landscapes and seascapes are on my watercolour “to do” list for 2021 and painting more people….
Next, also on my 2021 watercolour “to do” list, more roses:
I’ve used a little creative license with the colours for these roses; each one is a different shade of blue – from left to right, Verditer Blue, Prussian Blue and Manganese Blue Hue all by Daniel Smith. I’ve deliberately kept the colours of the roses simple, monochromatic, and just tried to paint petal shapes; I’m slowly improving. I’m going to be on a bit of a watercolour mission with roses in 2021.
I’m looking forward to new watercolour adventures in 2021…
I love playing with colour – just pushing colours and water across paper with no pressure to produce a framed work of art. I find it’s an important part of the watercolour learning process – seeing how pigments interact, seeing what lovely new colours appear when you mix them together. Or sometimes just placing colours side by side to see how they look together…
Daniel Smith have the most wonderful collection of green watercolour shades – mixing natural greens can now be thing of the past, if you wish. Don’t all these greens look wonderful together? I have included above a couple of my own mixes. Some of these greens are cool greens (leaning towards blue) and some are warm greens (leaning towards yellow). I love seeing them all in one place. Daniel Smith have some truly unique green shades you wont find in any other brand.
I have also been comparing some turquoise shades from my palette:
I love all these turquoise shades but if I had to pick a favourite it would probably be Phthalo Turquoise (2nd from the left). But I do really love my own turquoise mix on the very left. I’ve called it Iced Aqua and it’s a mix of Viridian and Cerulean Blue Chromium. It is very similar to Phthalo Turquoise in hue but it granulates – DS Viridian and Cerulean Blue Chromium are both granulating colours.
I love all things to do with the sea, beach and coast; these lovely green and turquoise shades are perfect for the sea and surrounding landscapes.
Well it’s now December and I still have a few die hard roses in my garden! I started pruning my roses some weeks ago but didn’t have the heart to cut the stems that still had buds on… ! The buds have opened and given me some watercolour inspiration…
Daniel Smith watercolours were used on Arches Aquarelle rough paper, 140 lb. I would love to be able to paint roses really well. I still have a way to go but feel happy that I’ve made an improvement.
Lets start today’s post with the seed heads. Poppy seed heads to be exact. Just simple watercolour sketches but much fun to do:
An assortment of colours were used for these poppy seed heads. The Winsor & Newton colours used were: Olive Green, Raw Umber, Raw Sienna and a touch of Winsor Violet. The Daniel Smith colours used were: Cascade Green, Raw Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Raw Sienna Light, Monte Amiata Natural Sienna and Goethite…
Next on my watercolour “to do” list was a seagull. I did just a simple watercolour sketch to get the basic shape, features and colours:
I started painting my seagull with the beak, using Hansa Yellow Medium & Quinacridone Gold by Daniel Smith. I had already chosen my colours after testing some on a piece of scrap paper. Next I painted the eye and then the negative outline of the bird. No preliminary pencil sketch was used. For the soft shading on the seagull’s head and body I used my own grey mix – FLINT GREY – and for the wing and tail end I used Lunar Black by Daniel Smith. I used Prussian Blue and a little Flint Grey for the negative outline of the seagull. This was very easy to do and I will move onto more involved seagull compositions.
These are large breakfast mushrooms, bought from a local supermarket mainly for the purpose of painting. But of course they will be consumed; no food is ever wasted in the creation of a watercolour! I used just three colours for this watercolour sketch: Verditer Blue, Raw Sienna and Sepia, all by Daniel Smith. I started with diluted washes of Verditer Blue; when dry I overlaid them with dilute washes of Raw Sienna. This process produced the soft mushroom grey colours. For the gills inside the mushroom I used Sepia. For the surface the mushrooms are sitting on I used Verditer Blue mixed with a little Sepia. This was a good practice exercise for me.
Finally these are some of the most recent additions to my watercolour palette:
I love all these colours. Verditer Blue is stunning; it’s a cooler blue than Ultramarine Blue and Cobalt Blue but not as cool as Cerulean Blue. Raw Sienna by Daniel Smith is different to what I would call a traditional raw sienna; but it’s wonderful for mixing with other colours or, indeed, just on it’s own. There’s nothing better to add new life to your watercolour painting than having new colours to play with…
I recently attended a two part webinar hosted by Liz Hough from the St. Ives School of Painting. It was really interesting and inspiring to watch Liz explain and demonstrate a series of processes that can help inspire us to create abstract art. We were set homework and here’s my homework from the first webinar:
To create these abstract seascapes studies I chose to use watercolour paints. I painted several sheets of watercolour paper using a limited palette – I used Paynes Blue Gray, Monte Amiata Natural Sienna and Prussian Blue by Daniel Smith. The idea is that creating studies like these can help us to create more serious pieces of abstract art work. I like how these turned out. They inspire me. I will be exploring abstract art further. I also still have to do homework for the second webinar, so I will cover that in another post.
Also on the subject of abstraction, I created a collection of small abstract seascapes in indigo and arranged them in a mosaic form:
One of the squares in the above mosaic inspired me to paint this seascape:
I painted this stormy wild seascape in watercolour on Arches Rough watercolour paper, 140 lb. The colours I used were Winsor & Newton’s Indigo, Cascade Green and Manganese Blue Hue by Daniel Smith. Did you guess the square in the mosaic that inspired this? It’s not hard, it was the second line down and the second in from the left!
If you’re interested in my watercolour work please consider following me on instagram – @evelynflintwatercolours – as I post there a bit more frequently than here on my blog. But of course I will always post more information about my work here on my blog.
I’m concluding my post with a great quote from Oscar Wilde:
“Art only begins where imitation ends”
Hazel Soan quoted this at the end of an interview she recently gave. It got me thinking, and I hope it will get you thinking too…
Well, spring is springing very beautifully in my little corner of the world. We may be in lockdown but you can’t lockdown spring….
Yesterday I did some Forget-Me-Not and Buttercup studies in watercolour. These pretty little flowers I’ve observed on my daily walk. All were painted on Arches paper, torn in to 10 cm x 19 cm strips. I used a Rosemary and Co kolinsky sable brush and a Silver Black Velvet script brush.
I used Daniel Smith’s Cobalt Blue for the Forget-Me-Not flowers. Just quick loose watercolour studies, trying to capture the essence of the flowers rather than doing botanical studies….
Buttercups – weeds or wild flowers? Whatever your view – they add a vibrant splash of colour to the environment. For the Buttercup flowers I used Hansa Yellow Medium (DS) and Cadmium Yellow Medium (DS).
I kept all these watercolour studies simple, trying to adopt a “less is more” approach. I loved painting these. And I’m making the most of the extra time I have right now to paint and have fun with my watercolours.
Regular visitors to my blog will know how much I love the ocean and all things seaside related. I can’t be near the ocean right now but I can paint it. So this was yesterday’s “masterpiece”…
A huge curling ocean wave… ! Large sweeping strokes of bold colour very quickly covered the paper. I painted this on Arches NOT paper, 140 lb. Daniel Smith watercolors were used, namely Phthalo Blue GS, Prussian Blue, Green Gold and Cobalt Blue. A little bit of sea spray was added at the end courtesy of a little Titanium White Winsor & Newton designer gouache. I used Rosemary & Co kolinsky sable brushes. It measures 29 cm x 19 cm.
Please click on the image to view it larger, the smaller one here doesn’t really do it justice. Also I did struggle a bit to capture the colours accurately in the photograph. The reality is much better than the photo.
This was so much fun to paint. I love having more time to paint right now; I’m not bored being stuck at home and I don’t miss work one little bit… ! Bye for now…
Since my last post life here in England has changed beyond recognition. We are halfway through our second week of a three week lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We are allowed out only to buy food, medicine and ONE form of exercise per day! Town centres and roads, once very busy, are now deserted. I’m one of those who have no work to go to at the moment because of the Coronavirus. And actually, I LOVE not having to go to work… !
But although the situation we all find ourselves in is very serious, there are positive things to embrace at the moment. Right now I have all the time in the world to paint with my watercolours… ! A situation I’m not used to at all but I’m going to make the most of it…
Above was a watercolour experiment that didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. So I cut it up into small squares and made a watercolour mosaic of it. Each little square is a lovely, unique abstract landscape or seascape. They all consist of only two colours – Prussian Blue and Monte Amiata Natural Sienna both by Daniel Smith. If you click the image to view it larger you may also notice a little gold shimmer on some of the squares courtesy of a little gold mica powder. My mosaic measures 10 cm x 13.5 cm.
Each little square is beautiful and inspiring. I’m inspired to explore abstract landscapes and seascapes more over the coming weeks. I hope every one stays safe and I will share more watercolour experiments soon…
I’ve recently been working a series of small watercolour landscapes, inspired by places I’ve visited over the past year…
My first is a view of Lochbroom, Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands. It was a very damp and misty drive to Ullapool last September but once we arrived the mist started to lift, some blue sky appeared and distant mountains emerged. I used my very own FLINT GREY for the mountains and sky in this painting.
Above is a view of Rosemarkie Beach, looking towards the north. Rosemarkie is a tiny little village on the Black Isle in the Highlands. Rosemarkie Beach is what I call an “everything beach” – it has lovely sand, pebbles & shingle, rocky outcrops, rock pools and lots of interesting things get washed up on the shore…
Here I’ve done an abstract seascape inspired by my trip to Wells-Next-The-Sea last spring. The landscape here is striped with layers of sand, grasses and sea which disappear and reappear as the tide goes in and out. Boats sit high and dry on the sand as the tide goes out. The colours I’ve used here are Prussian Blue, Monte Amiata Natural Sienna and a little Cascade Green – all by Daniel Smith. The white boats were done with a little white gouache.
Next are two more abstract landscapes:
First is an abstract watercolour inspired by the turbulent, powerful ocean. The colours I used here were Mayan Blue Genuine and Cascade Green by Daniel Smith. They’re colours that work together beautifully – I will be using this colour combination again…
A stormy abstract landscape created using Daniel Smith’s Indigo, Transparent Red Oxide and Quinacridone Burnt Orange. Beautiful colours that complement each other perfectly and lovely added granulation from the Transparent Red Oxide.
All these landscapes measure 16 cm x 12.5 cm. They were painted on Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour Paper, 140 lb, NOT, which is 100% cotton. This is very lovely paper to paint on and I would definitely buy more. Brushes used were by Rosemary & Co and Silver Black Velvet. Daniel Smith watercolours were used for all the paintings.
All of these watercolours I will post on Instagram – @evelynflintwatercolours – over the next couple of days, please drop in and say hello. That’s all for now and thank you for visiting.