STORM PATROL – WATERCOLOUR SKETCH

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I was watching some TV about seabird colonies in Scotland and the scenes of the wild sea made me want to try some techniques I saw in a book by Nita Engle. There is no brushwork in this painting except to use them to flick paint onto the paper and a little bit to finally render the seabirds. She actually uses an applicator to squirt the paint onto the paper so that you can get regression with the waves – a degree of control  that you cant achieve by flicking.

I did a second painting – Headland – which more reflected the programme, although the headland just appeared out of the marks so I did use a bit of brushwork to bring it to prominence .

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I might use some pipettes I have to mimics the spray application and gain a bit of control with the waves.  However I do love the wildness that this approach brings. So I might bore you with another one soon.

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DAWN ON PLEX MOSS LANE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

P1020531(1)Temperature inversions on the low lying land behind Southport causes mist to hover in the morning. The fields drop because of the drainage, but the buildings and roads remain at their original height on their foundations – well most of the time – so you see buildings and roadside trees popping up  like figures in a mirage surrounded by haziness.

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PEONIES IN A GLASS VASE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

P1020525(1)I joined a new group who put on exhibitions in the area as working on your own limits the things you can do, particularly if you have to man the exhibition. In that case you need others to do a few days to allow you to get on with some painting. So for the next exhibition I thought I might do a few flower paintings and here is one. The exhibition is in a vacant shop in the centre of town and the group are celebrating the life of one of their members who has recently died of cancer.

The poster is below if you want to come along.

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WINTER ON THE CANAL – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

P1020504(1)With the equinox turning I thought I might ponder on things to come, well at least for us in the northern hemisphere.

Though no doubt we’ve got a few more good days to come before winter grips it’s pull.

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BEECHES BY THE BROOK – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

P1020502(1)This view is from an early morning outing I did  at the end of April and from which I’ve already posted a number of paintings, around 6 I think  so it was a productive morning although I paid the price as my bike got a puncture and I had to walk the last 4 miles home.

This view  allowed me to play around with some textural work, something that I am experimenting with watercolour at the moment.

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THE WOOD ON DELPH LANE – WATERCOLOUR PAINTING

P1020500(1)Some time ago I reported, after painting the plein air Downholland Farm I posted, that I had left my portable palette behind. When I came back to search for it I came in my car and had to park on some waste land and the easiest  way was to cut through this small copse. I loved the evening light coming in through the trees and the branches and trunks cutting across the scene  making an almost stained glass effect. When I came out of hospital last week I thought that I could do this in pastel and sat down and cracked on and produced this pastel below:

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I thought that the pastel would allow me to get the criss-crossing branches easier and also allow me to work up the foliage catching the light in the shadows. I was unhappy with the results and decided to have another go in watercolour. I tried a  splattering approach  with the foliage on the watercolour and got some wonderful textures, but had to go over a lot of it in order to get the tonal contrast I was after. In the end the result was better but still it lacked the impact that I was after.

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