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Garden watercolour warm-up sketch

The UK has waited so long for the spring to arrive & now it has it’s almost time for summer. I wait every year for these magnificent irises to open, checking their progress every day. Now they’re open & displaying their splendour in the sunlight!

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There are two types of bearded iris in the garden, but these blue ones are always the first to flower.

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Here is my work station set up. I now just have to avoid getting grass clippings mixed in with the paints – not a good effect!

Irises 052I first used a water soluble fine liner to mark out my drawing – trying to keep the marks loose & fluid. A little oil pastel resist was added for the stamens. Then I began to soften the lines of the drawing using plain water & very dilute paint.

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Finally, I got to my favourite part – the soft, overblown flowers themselves. I just feel that watercolour is so sympathetic to this subject – the way the colours run & bleed into one another perfectly reflecting the soft blousiness of the blooms.

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Edge of the Cotswolds

From the window of my studio, I can just see the first ridge of the Cotswold hills on the horizon. Here is a video of me trying to capture the beauty of the morning skyline:

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After the watercolour I used Derwent Inktense blocks to draw back in & add some texture to the landscape.

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P.S. This is the first time I’ve added a soundtrack onto a video. The music is ‘Punchbag’ by The Bees (apparently they make this music in a garden shed in Brighton!) The full version is here.

Also, if you’re interested to look at the Inktense blocks, you can see them here.

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Isadora in progress

I have now begun a larger version of the provisional sketch I made last week. I’m enthusiastic about the qualities that using recycled paper can bring to a piece. As the portraits I make are based on early photographs that are now fairly ancient & weathered paper & card  themselves, this use of paper that has a previous life feels like a perfect match.

This is the first stage of this piece. I now need to leave it in a place in the studio where I will see it when I am not expecting it. I find that this process of allowing work in progress to catch me unawares helps me to see work objectively & decide what needs to happen next. I find that this is a really helpful technique, particularly if I feel I am losing my way with a particular piece.

Have you tried this technique? I’d also be very interested to hear of any others that work for you.

You can read about how I started this portrait by clicking here & view the finished painting here.

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Homemade paint

Since I wrote the post about Seraphine, I have made two attempts to make my own paints.

The photo above shows red onion skins bubbling in a pan. The water became a deep ruby colour & I was so excited to try using it.
My experiment, even after two dips in the mixture, did not live up to the deep red it promised & gave a very disappointing result. It had the appearance of a manilla envelope!
For my second brew, I boiled up skin from the less exotic brown onion. This turned the water a golden amber colour & held a depth of colour that the first concotion had lacked. I used this first homemade paint for the eyes of the cat below.

The drawing is the first sketch for a character from a novel that I am basing some work on. I used a British Blue for the model & was quite pleased with the resulting eye colour.

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Experimenting

I recently acquired a box of Brusho, it comes in tiny pots & is a very strong powdered pigment.

These are my first experiments.

I love the way it can be diluted to create an ink-like intensity or can be lightly scattered on wet paper (bottom left) to create a lighter effect. It is quite different to working with watercolour & once dry, cannot be reactivated.

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Winter Cattle

Today, whilst out walking, I came upon these beautiful monochrome beasts basking themselves in the January sunshine.

I was struck by both the size and angular shapes of these animals, which are Galloway Belted cattle.

In the sketch below I used a marker pen to depict the smaller cow and pencil & fine liner for the larger one & the tree. The  strength of the marker brings the smaller animal closer, whilst the other is pushed into the background by the lighter tone of the pencil.

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Why no white?

I recently read the following review of a set of watercolours on Amazon UK:

‘I purchased this for my daughter who is taking GCSE art. There is a nice range of colours (but no white) and the white plastic box they come in is sturdy.’

 My inner watercolour geek could not resist adding a comment……….

Traditional watercolour techniques do not use white and this is why many sets do not include it. Watercolours are by nature transparent; this is their unique quality & adds to their beauty. It is this transparency that gives  the colours their vibrancy. It also enables them to be layered, creating many exciting effects. If white is added to the paint, it becomes dull, opaque & flat & is then, little different to gouache. 
The key to creating lighter tones is not to add white, but to add water to dilute the paint & allow more of the white of the paper to show through. There are, of course, many sets, such as the one above, which do include white, but I would strongly recommend that you work on developing the techniques (& self-restraint!)  to create lighter tones without it’s use. Your work will have a clarity & vibrancy that is impossible to achieve by other methods.
PS. If you look closely at the photo above, you will see that my brush has never touched the white paint in this box!

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