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Monday, 29 June 2009

"Snow Tracks" winter scene watercolour painting

With the current hot weather getting me all hot and bothered I thought a nice little winter scene would help cool me down.  To be honest, I actually prefer winter to summer.  I don't really mind the early dark nights and I like to look at the stars.

This one came from a Ron Ranson book.  The bottom of the sky is a Raw Sienna / Lemon Yellow mix with Ultramarine at the top.  The clouds are a mixture of Paynes Grey and Alizarin Crimson.

I love to paint wide expanses of land where you can see for miles.  In hindsight, I think a little figure by the gate may have enhanced it slightly.

I never did any painting yesterday.  You can blame Xbox Live for that.  It's so easy to get distracted!

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Tuscany in watercolour

Such a beautiful part of the world Tuscany, I'd love to go there one day.  I've managed to keep the foreground uncluttered for a change.  It's so easy to overdo it.
Looking at the blogs of all these oil painters, I think I'll have to invest in some oils soon and finally have a go.  I've only ever painted in watercolours before, mainly because it's so cheap to set up.
Must dash, I'm off to the International Food Fair in Brum for dinner!

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Driftwood clock I made

I thought I'd just put this on here for the hell of it.  This is a driftwood clock I made recently.  Every time my dad visits the coast he goes beachcombing for driftwood and anything else the tide has washed in.  You can see some of his stuff if you scroll to the bottom of this page.

I made this clock from some pieces I found drying out in his greenhouse.  The wood is simply nailed together and then it's just simply a hole through the middle for the clock movement I bought cheap on eBay.  I'm hoping to sell them at the car boot alongside some paintings.

Ossaia, Italy in watercolour and Bob Ross DVD

I finally managed to get hold of a Bob Ross DVD from my LoveFilm subscription - I was only on the waiting list 12 months!  I have to say though it was well worth the wait.  I've never tried oils before but he makes it look ridiculously easy.  He's also one of the nicest blokes I've ever seen.  Such a shame he passed away so early.
This painting I found in a book.  I have to admit I've never been to Italy.  To be honest though, it actually reminds me of Somerset.  The hill could be Brent Knoll.  All that's missing is the dirty great M5 motorway running alongside!  I'll be in that neck of the woods soon, scampering around Brean Down.  I may take some paintings with me to the Brean car boot and see what happens.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

"Flooded Fields" watercolour painting

Yet another painting that I copied from a book - I really must get out there and start painting from real life rather than books and photos all the time.  I'm off to Brean for 2 weeks in August and must take the opportunity to get plenty of sketches of the Somerset coast and countryside.

I quite like the sky in this one and the distant trees though I'm still not happy with middle distance trees with plenty of branches showing and little foliage.  I find it a lot easier painting summer trees, putting in plenty of foliage first and then using a rigger for the branches in the gaps.  I suppose I need to study tree shapes a lot more and stop shying away from them.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Is it worth trying to sell paintings at the car boot sale?

To date I've only sold my paintings on eBay and frankly, as with anything else you try and sell on eBay, you only get the bare minimum price for anything.  At a car boot I thought if I sold them unframed to keep the price down, and just had them in mounts then I might just get enough cash to make it worthwhile.
Anyway, with the summer fast approaching and the blue skies hopefully here to stay I may just give it a bash and see what happens.
This watercolour I made up as I went along.  To be honest, I made a complete hash of the original sky and so rewet it and started again.  It's meant to represent somewhere in the Lake District though really could be anywhere.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Crummock Water watercolour painting

I painted this from a photograph kindly sent to me by Keith Tilley.

A winters morning in watercolour

I filmed myself painting this one.  You can see it at my YouTube channel. 

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Watercolour painting "Winter Farm Track"

The sky here is my usual Raw Sienna wash with some Ultramarine blue visible through the clouds.  The only thing I did different here was to take out some more clouds with a scrunched up tissue just above the horizon.

I think one of the easiest ways of ruining a painting is simply overworking it.  One of best pieces of advice I heard was don't paint over a previously painted area unless you have a specific reason for doing so.  Every stroke of your brush should count for something.  The temptation to do too much can sometimes be overwhelming.

Monday, 8 June 2009

"Stormy Sky" watercolour painting

After wetting the whole paper with a weak Raw Sienna wash I brushed in some Ultramarine where the sky breaks through the clouds.  The storm clouds were put in with a mix of Alizarin Crimson and Paynes Grey.

The distant hills were put in with the same cloud mix just before the sky had dried.  The trees behind the house were mainly made up of Lemon Yellow and Paynes Grey.

The foreground rocks were scraped in with a credit card after brushing in some dark colours.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Watercolour painting "Passing Yacht"

One of my favourite places to paint is the Lake District.  This is one I made up and could really be anywhere in the Lakes.
I've tried to put in some foreground reeds using a fairly dry hake brush and flicking up with just the tip.  I prefer this method at the moment to using the rigger and doing each reed individually.  They tend to look slightly more realistic.  The lighter coloured grasses I put in with the finger nail.
Rather than 2 or 3 tiny distant yachts I'm trying just 1 slightly closer and bigger boat at the moment.  I don't know if it improves it or not but it seems to be the little things that makes up a buyers mind whether to purchase or not.  It probably doesn't make the slightest difference!

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Sailing in Scotland watercolour painting

Got back from Cornwall the weekend and frankly the sooner I can get back there the better.  Birmingham just doesn't cut the mustard for me anymore!
This simple composition came off the top of my head.  I've called it "Sailing in Scotland" though really it could be anywhere!
It's smaller than what I normally do, measuring 6" x 4".  This was to take advantage of some cheap but decent looking frames I bought in Costco.  Hopefully I can sell them alongside my unframed paintings on eBay.

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