Watercolour and gouache on Saunders Waterford paper. 11x15in.
I realised that I had forgotten to post the completed painting, so here it is. Better late than never! So much has happened in the last few months, where to begin to explain what I’ve been up to? That’s for another post I think.
This painting, done in gouache, will probably be my last in this series of ‘Hope Cove’ images. Hope Cove is the place where all of our summer holidays were when I was a child, so it has a special place in my heart. We also have a family reunion on the first weekend in JulyContinue reading “Allora – all alone – part one”
I have been fascinated by the view across this tiny harbour to the hill opposite for many years. Earlier this year I did a watercolour and gouache painting of the same scene, which was done in a looser style but set me off on a quest to paint the most realistic water and reflections thatContinue reading “Blue and red boat at Hope Cove”
Earlier this year I received a commission for a painting from a lovely lady in work. She wanted a painting of her husband and children on their canal boat in the Kennet & Avon Canal. She supplied the image, a photo, which was the only reference I had to work from. I used Saunders WaterfordContinue reading “Canal Boat – Jackdaw”
Hope Cove is a place very dear to my heart. Pretty much all of my childhood holidays were spent here, along with millions of my cousins and distant realtives. This annual reunion carries on every July, and in 2015 I took a photo that I always mean to make into a painting when the timeContinue reading “Hope Cove Boats”
I wanted to do a new watercolour that featured houses in the area that I live but also wanted to reflect some of the things that are worrying me at the moment. Here is the finished painting. The house on the right appears warped but that is only because the paper that I used buckledContinue reading “The Calm Before the Storm”
Earlier this year I was watching a video of a famous artist painting a watercolour of a bridge over a canal in China and decided to follow along. Now I’m nowhere as good an artist as he is but I think I learned a lot as he went along. I’m putting some of the stepsContinue reading “Bridge in China”
In part one I showed you how to lay down the first layer of the painting using watered down paint, this layer is often called the ‘tea’ or ‘coffee’ layer and should be thought of as the consistency of a cordial – very thin with lots of water. These first layers always look too darkContinue reading “STARTED A NEW WATERCOLOUR: SUNSET IN BEDMINSTER PART TWO”
I started a new painting based on a photo I took whilst walking the dog in Bedminster. It was of a dramatic yellow sky and the equally dramatic reflections on cars as I was looking down a narrow street that faced towards the Clifton Suspension Bridge. I think the sun had already set but theContinue reading “Started a new watercolour: Sunset in Bedminster part one”