Monday, October 26, 2009

Low Tide, Evening.

Low Tide, Evening.
Watercolour.
59 cm x 42 cm or 23 inches x 16.5 inches.
A weak sun sinks taking the colours of the day with it, leaving the wet sand like a silvery mirror. The beach is strewn with clumps of storm washed kelp and flecks of foam blow across the shining sands.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Autumn

Autumn
Watercolour
37cm x 50cm or 14 inches x 20 inches

It feels like ages since my last painting, Summer has flown and Autumn is defiantly here. I have spent the last few weeks flat out with my "job" as an illustrator, working on some illustrations with a very tight deadline. Having hit the deadline I rewarded myself with a painting workout. I have been planning this painting for a while, a corner of a greenhouse, with everything piled up ready for winter. I love the smell in greenhouses, warm earth, tar and string and I love the patterns made by the haphazard arrangement of pots and tools. I also like to be there as the watercolour washes gradually tighten up to reveal the shapes that I am trying to capture. Lastly but by no means least, I enjoy Autumn. The mists, the smells and the feeling of readying up for winter, the melancholia of it, beautiful!

Monday, October 05, 2009

In The Dark Woods


In The Dark Woods
Watercolour
50 cm x 140 cm or 20 inches x 55 inches
I am experimenting with large watercolours. I haven't seen that many around, this is pure watercolour as well, no ink, body colour, acrylic or pastel thrown in here.
I have a desire to paint a bigger picture but I don't quite have the courage to spend allot of money on a roll of watercolour paper, I have found some 300gms weight, 1.5m x 9m !! A lot of paper. So to see if this is really what I want to do I found some lighter paper that comes in sheets of 50 cm x 70 cm, I have taped some of these together and am giving it a go. This is all by way of research and development, a great way to paint, quite liberating.
Anyway this is the result, you might find it easier to see if you click on the image and make it come up larger. This is deep in the dark woods amongst the trees as tall as cathedral roofs. The painting process is the same, bigger brushes tho and lots more paint, longer drying times and a lot of stepping back, I need a big drawing board to strap it all to, and, one day, a super expensive, huge, watercolour brush!