MELLOW FRUITFULNESS – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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A view of one of my apple trees in the autumn. I liked the mellow light coming through. Now it’s up on the screen  I think I might need to get a bit more texture in the left hand shadow. Leave it with me .

Merry Easter to everyone. At least we look like we have escaped the threatened snow I hope you all do – well, except for the skiers perhaps.

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MOVING TO BLUE – ACRYLIC PAINTING

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Perhaps a little obvious, but I liked the notion of movement and the transition of colour on the diagonal with the yellows waving in from the space.

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INTO THE WOODS – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Another woodland painting and another repeat – I have put versions of this on the blog before. Certainly a little tighter than the previous blog of the woodland scene with no splattering; using brushes only, but I am pleased with the luminosity resulting. This is down to the layering of washes.

If I remember on my previous attempts I tried a loose approach which lost the constant tonal changes throughout the piece and resulted in taking out and scratching back. Slowly building up those changes this time seems to have paid off without it becoming overly fussy.

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THE WOOD ON DELPH LANE REVISITED – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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I must admit that I was inspired by the texture I got on my previous painting that I put out on my last post  and so I decided to try and apply the splattering techniques to a scene I had done before in the hope that I would get a less staid outcome.

Well there is a lot of splatter on this but the outcome was less than I had hoped for. Perhaps I could have put the tree trunks and branches in whilst the paper was wet. I also did the splatter in two sections, one for the canopy leaves and one for the undergrowth. I also lost the translucency and the light coming through which I had in the earlier watercolour. So back to the drawing board – sorry about the pun.

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SUMMER’S FINAL DANCE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

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Another floral theme, though without the flowers. I liked the idea of the remaining leaves dancing in the sun before they fall and  bitterness and ice struts in. This painting was done fairly loosely, trying to build up texture with spray as well as painting wet into wet. This has inspired me to look at some other woodland scenes I have struggled with in the past.

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JOHN, RECLINING – PASTEL PAINTING

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This is a painting of a guy I was at art college with and who occasionally models. He stepped in last week when the original model pulled out. I was pleased with the face as it captured him really well, the trouble is with the hands, which I could have tidied up later, but as I gave him the painting at the end of the session, it’s too late.

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OVER THE FLOWING FIELDS – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

 P1020574(1)a          I have noticed that there is less of an appetite for landscape these days. This has come about by observing other people’s superb work languishing in exhibitions. It seems that unless there is a connection with a particular view there is no interest. But I must say I love painting them. This is based on a view I saw looking over a fence in Berkshire the other week. I love the lush foliage and the shocks of light and shade – so I’ll go on painting them even if no one is too bothered.

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