Saturday, 26 July 2008

Water Colour Landscapes

No painting trips out this week or next, as I have to attend meetings in London. The bonus is that I had a chance to meet up with Vanessa instead.

These exercises are from David Bellamy's book "Watercolour Landscape Course". The last in particular shows how far I have to go. It is so simple, and yet captures the scene perfectly. Somehow, I have to acquire the "painterly eye".

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Canadian Waterscape

The trip out to West Grinstead was rained off last week. This was painted in response to the July challenge on Wet Canvas.

It is approximately 14" by 10" on Bockingford paper.

The sky and mountains have come out quite well IMHO.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Easy Landscapes - part 2

This is another exercise from the book "Easy Landscapes". It is painted on 12" by 8" Bockingford paper.

The prespective of the front part of the church is wrong, but the picture works quite well. I am particularly pleased with the sky and the shadows under the tree in the left foreground.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Boxgrove Priory

Yesterday we went to Boxgrove Priory. Dating from the 12th Century, this part of the priory was demolished by Henry VIII as part of the dissolution of the monsatries (I think). The weather was pretty bad, and only 3 of us turned up. This was completed in the time, and I am quite pleased with it. It lacks a little bit of contrast, partly due to the very dull lighting, but mostly because I still didn't have time to do the final washes. ( The rain came at 11.45).

Easy Landscapes - part 1

Classes are finished now until September. Some of us meet up on Wednesday mornings and go out painting. The first trip out was such a disaster that I borrowed a book from the library called Easy Landscapes to help. I need to paint looser, more directly in order to finish a picture in the couple of hours we are on location. These are the first two exercises from the book by Jack Reid.