Art · Watercolour

A Stormy Sky

A stormy sky over a turquoise sea…

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A Stormy Sky Over A Turquoise Sea

Sometimes the light is so beautiful at the Cornish coast ~ on one side of the sky you can have briliant sunshine and on the other you can have dark stormy clouds, all at the same time! The sunlight makes the sea a beautiful light turquoise colour and the storm clouds cast dark shadows over the the distant coastline…

This is a watercolour on Fabriano Artistico 100% cotton paper. The colours used were: Paynes Grey, Ivory Black, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Teal Blue and Viridian. My seascape measures approx. 7.5″ x 5″.

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Today’s Watercolour Inspiration…

Today a lovely post appeared in my blog reader from watercolour artist Edo Hannema. He posted a beautiful watercolour landscape followed by a video of how he painted it. I was completely mesmerised. Here’s a link to the post: http://www.edohannema.nl/wordpress/painting-a-dutch-landscape/. If you love watercolour please check out his blog and YouTube channel. I love the gentle palette he uses and his technique – I can see myself learning a lot about watercolour from him…

Meanwhile, I found time this afternoon to paint a simple watercolour of lavender in a pot. I know it’s been done many times before by many people but I’ve never done it before. And I need to practice…

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I’m always ever critical of my own work (but much less so of other people’s work… ) and the pot is slightly too big and the lavender not quite big enough. But I’ll put that down to experience. It was painted fast and loose and most importantly it was fun to do… !

Inspired by Edo’s lovely watercolour painting demonstration in the link above, I’m now off to plan some watercolour landscape painting for tomorrow. I need to think about what I’m going to paint, what colours to use, whether I need to sketch anything or a least have an idea of where everything is going to be placed. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…

Art · Watercolour

Blossom Time

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A watercolour sketch of spring blossom. This was based on a video from Maria Raczynska’s YouTube Channel. This was very simple to do and lots of fun… !

It was painted on Arches cold pressed paper and measures 10″ x 7″. The colour used for the blossom was Alizarin Crimson and a little white gouache.

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Feathers

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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…

Art · Sketchbooks · Watercolour

Shading

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As you can see,  this is not a watercolour masterpiece! But what it is, is an exercise in creating 3 dimensional shapes in watercolour by Hazel Soan on YouTube.

As instructed, I started with very simple pencil outlines of the 3 items and then tried to follow Hazel’s on screen instructions on getting the shading in the right places to give the impression of  three dimensional objects. I know this is something I need to improve upon… alot! So for me this was a good place to start and I found the exercise very useful.

I used just one colour for simplicity – Prussian Blue (in the video Hazel used Indigo) and I painted this straight into my Khadi paper sketchbook. I’m reasonably happy with how this turned out – it’s not a bad start. And I’m reasonably happy with the shapes of my objects. Drawing things in perspective was the only useful thing I remember learning in art class at school.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend – I’m off now to fill my head with more watercolour fluff… !!

Art · Watercolour

The Blue Fuchsia

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I bet you’ve never seen a fuchsia quite like this before. If you could buy a fuchsia this colour at the garden centre it would probably cost you a lot of money… !

This painting is based upon an exercise in Jean Haines Colour & Light In Watercolour New Edition but I used totally different colours – creative license… ! Rather than conventional fuchsia colours I used Winsor & Newton’s Cobalt Turquoise Light and Indanthrene Blue. They contrast beautifully. This was painted on Arches Cold Pressed paper and measures 6″ x 9″.

Indanthrene Blue is a new colour in my palette. I have to admit I would have bought the Daniel Smith equivalent but it was out of stock. That said, I’m not disappointed with the Winsor & Newton version – it’s a gorgeous, rich dark blue colour. But it also fades to a lovely pale blue with the addition of lots of water. It also mixes well with other colours and I did a few quick tests in my khadi paper sketchbook:

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I love all these colour mixes but I especially love the purple shade in the top left corner and the colours in the Cadmium Orange line…

So that’s my watercolour fun for today. Wishing everyone a great creative week ahead…

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A Portrait Of Ewe

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A Portrait Of Ewe

My Portrait Of Ewe is based upon an exercise in Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolours book. I have to admit that I’ve skipped a few exercises in the book just to get to the sheep a bit quicker… ! I will go back and do the ones I left out….

Jean’s rendition of a sheep is so colourful and vibrant. I loved painting this. This was my third attempt, each one getting slightly better. This was fun to paint and it’s very good practice for me. It was painted on Arches Cold Pressed paper and measures 9″ x 6″.

Since buying and reading this book (I’ve actually read the book 3 times!) my watercolour painting has improved in leaps and bounds. It’s been a real eye opener for me. It’s taught me that I have to let go of all the things that were restraining me, holding me back. Let go of the fears too…

I can honestly say that I’m in a much better place with my watercolour painting now than before I studied this book. It has changed the way I think about and paint with watercolour forever. I can never go back…

I still consider myself to be, not a beginner anymore, but still in the early stages of my watercolour journey. I’ve only been seriously painting with watercolour for about one year.  I have a long way to go yet. And I need to practice, practice, practice and practice some more!

So if, like me, you’re learning to paint with watercolours too, keep going and never give up on your dream. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy – it’s going to take a lot of determination and hard work. But we CAN do it…. !

Art · Watercolour

Wash Day….

No, I’m not talking about the laundry…. ! When watercolour painting, the expression “wash day” takes on a whole new meaning. Practicing initial washes is an exercise in Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolours book. And I have to say it’s a lovely, relaxing and therapeutic exercise to do.

Here’s my first wash, loosely based on the exercise in Jean’s book in the link above:

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A loose, light and colourful wash. This will be the base on which I will eventually build on and create a lovely painting.

My next wash is based specifically upon one of my own photos. A floral photo:

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Again, in time, I will build upon this initial wash to create a watercolour painting based upon my photo.

When I have built upon these washes and turned them into finished paintings I will post the results. Not sure when that will be yet but, hey, there’s no rush…. ! They will sit patiently in my studio till I’m ready to work on them. I will know when the time is right….

Art · Watercolour

Jellyfish

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I had a little watercolour fun this afternoon painting some jellyfish. I was inspired by Maria Raczynska’s tutorial on her YouTube channel. Her watercolour work is stunning and inspiring.

This was a fairly simple exercise to do. I varied the composition of my painting a little and also used different paper and different paint. I used Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper ~ 140 lb NOT, 100% cotton. The paint I used was Daniel Smith’s Ultramarine Turquoise. That was the only colour I used. It’s a gorgeous colour and I love how it granulates and separates. A good choice for my jellyfish. I also didn’t do any pencil sketches first either.

The photograph doesn’t really do the painting justice – the reality is much better – however, I have tried to capture the colours as accurately as possible. You can click on the image to view it larger if you wish. I had so much fun doing this and it only took me about 15 minutes to paint. Happy days…. !

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Ocean

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Ocean

The beauty and power of the ocean captured in watercolour….

Loose, abstract swooshes of blue and green paint across the paper….

Prussian Blue, Phthalo Blue, Sap Green, White Gouache & touches of Cobalt Teal Blue on  Fabriano Artistico paper (100% cotton)….

I love the sea and painting it with beautiful watercolours on lovely paper makes me happy….