APRIL’S OUTDOOR PAINTING – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

We have been getting some decent weather of late, even though it has got colder. On Saturday it was still warm enough to get on the bike and do some more outdoor painting. My plan was to attempt more complex subjects – subjects I would normally attempt in the studio. The one above is of a small bridge over a drainage ditch. I liked the counterchanges from light to dark and back again. In the end I had to to the railings in gouache when I got home – as I didnt take any with me. Whilst the gouache was out I added some stalks and grasses on the near bank. Despite the austere subject it made an interesting painting and might be worth doing bigger.

The next subject was daffodils in a small coppice. The flowers were away from the trees, but I wanted to use the darker trunks as a foil for the flowers. Normally I would use masking fluid, but outside, without any, I had to work around the flowerheads. I find daffodils difficult at the best of times because the yellow isnt a very imposing colour. In hindsight I should have pushed the flowers back further against the trees and used the contrast for all it was worth and, at the same time, reduced the complexity of the background – but that is what sketching is about – working out the best options.

Whilst I sat working on this picture, at the edge of the wood, a hare came slowly towards me. It got to within about 5 feet. I wanted to photograph it, but reaching for the camera would have disturbed it. In the end it realised I was there and bolted off into the woods.

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10 thoughts on “APRIL’S OUTDOOR PAINTING – WATERCOLOUR SKETCHES

  1. Nice. The strong geometry in the centre is eye catching along with the play with contrast. Would have been a bonus to capture the rabbit in the painting. I also find it interesting that the not so outstanding subject turn out nicer in drawings vs something spectacular that is much harder to recreate on paper.

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    • Thanks KingKang. The mundane certainly can make great images and it carries with it an element of surprise for the viewer – having their attention drawn to the banal.
      As for the hare – I was well into the painting by then and would have had to squeeze it in and the picture which was busy enough anyway. I was just enraptured by the animal and how close it was getting to me.

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