Watercolour

Seed Heads, Seagull & Mushrooms!

Lets start today’s post with the seed heads. Poppy seed heads to be exact. Just simple watercolour sketches but much fun to do:

Poppy Seed Heads

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…

Poppy Seed Heads

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:

Seagull

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.

Mushrooms

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:

Lovely New Colours

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…

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Feathers

Feathers - With Border - NB

I had a little fun flexing my watercolour wings yesterday by doing some watercolour feather sketches. Both were painted on Arches 140 lb Cold Pressed paper. Colours used were Payne’s Grey and Sepia.

I love being by the sea and there’s always plenty of seagull feathers to gather from the beach and harbour. I have a little collection in a pot in my studio. Payne’s Grey is a perfect seagull colour, whereas Sepia is a perfect colour for the young seagulls which are soft light brown colours…