THE MOORINGS AT PARBOLD – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

I decided to work up one of the plein air sketches I recently showed on the blog. I had a tussle with the spring leaves on the trees against the dark buildings. I initially splattered masking fluid in the area and then proceeded to paint mixes of burnt sienna, um blue, alizarin and a few others into the area to imitate buildings and dark background foliage. When I rubbed off the masking fluid and applied foliage colours it looked laboured, despite softening edges. So off it all came and I repeated the dark building colours, but then added white gouache mixed with lemon yellow and some blues. I was pleased with the soft effects it gave. I am reluctant to use gouache as I consider it a bit of a cheat, but I dont think I could have got these glinting leaves better any other way.

Canal scenes are available for sale on my website: grahammcquadefineart.com

5 thoughts on “THE MOORINGS AT PARBOLD – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

    • Thanks Vic. You can hire these narrowboats and set off along the canals. It is a slow pace and can be tedious hard work getting through the locks. Though you see a lot of unspoilt countryside doing it and would make a good holiday. Two friends bought them but the shine soon wore off and they sold them – they’re good for a short while.

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