Thursday, 23 December 2010

Postbridge, Yelverton, Devon 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is my watercolour impression of Postbridge in Yelverton, Devon. 
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Babbs Mill, Kingshurst 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Here's another one of Babbs Mill Lake in Kingshurst not far from where I live.  I haven't been there recently so I'm eager to see what it looks like in the snow.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Haytor in Dartmoor 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is my personal favourite of the recent paintings I have done, though it's probably due to nicking someone else's composition.  I don't like using other people's paintings as reference material but I saw the work of Frederick John Widgery and his paintings of Dartmoor and couldn't resist have a go at one of them.
 
Original watercolour paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Friday, 17 December 2010

Swaledale, Yorkshire Dales 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Watercolour painting of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Thursday, 16 December 2010

The Woolpack Inn in Eskdale, Cumbria

This is Eskdale in the Lake District. 
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Here's a loose impression of a scene from Sutton Park.  This one turned out a little more colourful than normal.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Monday, 13 December 2010

Banners Gate, Sutton Park, West Midlands 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

I painted this watercolour from a photograph I took last winter after the snow had fallen.  I've painted 2 or 3 from the same photo in both oil and watercolor and it's interesting how each painting turns out completely different!
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Friday, 10 December 2010

Mists in Glenlyon, Perthshire, Scotland 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This watercolour portrays a misty looking Glenlyon in Perthshire, Scotland.  I often like to use as few colours as possible to try and create a moody feel to the scene.  For this painting I cut my palette to just 2 - Raw Sienna and Ultramarine.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Ben Loyal, Highland, Scotland 15" X 11" Watercolour Painting

This is a watercolour painting of Ben Loyal in the Scottish Highlands.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Spittal of Glenshee, Perth and Kinross, Scotland 15" X 11" Watercolour Painting

This is the Spittal of Glenshee on the outskirts of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Brean Down, Somerset 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is a loose impression of Brean Down in Somerset.  The beach here is huge and has the 2nd biggest tidal range in the world.  It's amazing when you see the goats perched perilously on the cliff edges.  Unfortunately, an average of one dog a month falls off the Down to their doom. 
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Monday, 6 December 2010

Ben Hope, Sutherland, Scotland 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Painted from a photograph kindly offered to me by Keith, this is my impression of Ben Hope in the Sutherland region of Scotland.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Loch Eck, Dunoon, Argyll and Bute, Scotland 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is my impression of Loch Eck in Dunnon, Scotland.  Most of the paintings from this point on within this blog I have filmed myself doing and can be seen on my Watercolour Workshop channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/WatercolourWorkshop
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Bassenthwaite Lake from Whinlatter Pass, Cumbria, England 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is a view towards Bassenthwaite Lake from Whinlatter Pass in the Lake District.  I'm really not sure about the foreground trees - I've made them look like wigwams!
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Monday, 29 November 2010

Ullswater, Cumbria, England 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is a simple view of Ullswater in the Lake District.  The painting looked a little bare so I added the small house to try and add interest.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Friday, 26 November 2010

Buttermere, Cumbria, England 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is a watercolour painting of Buttermere in the Lake District.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Thursday, 25 November 2010

River Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

A very loose watercolour impression of a barge on the River Avon in Stratford. 
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Brent Knoll, Somerset 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is a quick one of Brent Knoll near Burnham in Somerset.  It's always a relief to see as it marks where you finally come off the motorway on the journey down!
 
Original watercolour paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Monday, 22 November 2010

Phoenix Park, Dublin 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Painted from a photograph kindly offered to me over on Facebook, this watercolour depicts a winter scene in Phoenix Park, Dublin.
 
Original watercolour paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Banners Gate, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is my favourite watercolour I have painted recently.  I painted it from a photograph I took last winter in Sutton Park.  It was the first time I'd been to the park when it had snowed.  I was amazed how different the landscape looked in blanket white.  Fortunately I had my camera with me and immediately made use of it.  I can't wait  until this year's snowfall!
 
Original watercolour paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Cuillin Mountains, Scotland 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

A quick impression of the Cuillin Mountains in Scotland.
 
Original watercolour paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

The Packhorse Bridge at Watendlath, Keswick, Cumbria 15" x11" Watercolour Painting

This is a loose watercolour impression of The Packhorse Bridge in Keswick, Cumbria.
 
Original watercolour paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Buttermere towards Fleetwith Pike 15" X 11" Watercolour Painting

This is Buttermere looking across the water towards Feetwith Pike.
 
Original watercolour paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Towards Uphill from the top of Brean Down 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

I made my way up the steep steps of Brean Down and turned right at the top.  Facing Uphill across the sea, you get a wonderful feeling of solitude as most people walk the other way towards the fort.  It must of been half an hour before anyone came near me.
 
Over on YouTube at my Watercolour Workshop video channel I'm just starting to get the hang of talking and painting at the same.  It's not as easy as it sounds.  It's just like when you learned to drive a car and the instructor used to talk to you but you had to ignore him so you could concentrate on the road.
 
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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Road to Brean Down Farm, Somerset 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is another watercolour painted from a photograph I took recently in Brean, Somerset.  Just around the corner from a previous post, this time I'm walking away from Brean Down Cafe and heading towards Uphill next to Weston, though crossing the river is impossible if you heed the 'Danger of Death' signs.  The mud flats around this part of the coast are treacherous.  You regularly hear the coastguards loudspeaker up and down Brean / Berrow beach in his car telling people to return to the beach.  I heard a story recently of a little girl wading out and never being seen again.
 
Original Watercolour Paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Gate to Derwent Water 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

A very loose impression of a slightly elevated view of Derwent Water in the Lake District.
 
I've finished my first prototype DVD containing videos I've put on YouTube recently and I'm quite pleased with it though it needs a few tweaks here and there.  Fortunately I came across DVD Maker in Windows Vista which though limited, makes the job very simple. 
 
I've found a DVD duplication firm on the internet that can produce professional quality DVDs from your master copy for just over £2 per DVD which includes box, cover, inside leaflet and shrink wrapping. 
 
Original Watercolour Paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Monday, 1 November 2010

Brent Knoll from Brean Down Cafe 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

I painted this watercolour from a photograph I took on a recent visit to Brean.  For those that know the area, Brean Down Cafe is just behind me, whilst Brent Knoll is just visible in the distance.  I do like to paint open countryside and this part of Somerset is abundant with it.
 
Unfortunately the caravan park we stay at has now closed for the winter until next spring.  I'll have to make an effort to get to the coast over winter.  I've never seen snow on a beach and I'd like to witness it with my own eyes.
 
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Thursday, 21 October 2010

The River Calder at Muirshiel Park 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

I've somehow managed to get this blog into the Google search results top 100 (page 10) under the keyword search for 'watercolour'.  Leaving the link to my eBay shop at the bottom of each post has also helped drag the shop into the top 110 (page 11) under the same keyword search.  Unfortunately I remember reading somewhere that unless you're in the first 2 pages of search results (top 20) then you may as well be nowhere as no one looks much further beyond.  Still a lot of work to be done I'm afraid.

Applecross River towards Cuillin Hills, Skye 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

I've been focusing recently on making videos for my painting channel Watercolour Workshop over on YouTube.  I've got into the habit recently of videoing every painting that I do.  The idea is to help beginners get a foothold in the world of watercolour painting.  I remember when I started, I found watching videos much more helpful than reading books - you could actually see what the artist was doing rather than trying to interpret the words from a book.  Obviously it would be nice to be able to earn some revenue from it, they do have the GoogleAds advertising next to your video but this currently amounts to just pennies.  There's an interesting development in America.  They're running a pilot scheme where videos are viewed on a rental basis.  You set the price and duration and the video is viewable for that specific time period.  I would have to dramatically improve the professionalism of my films and make them longer than the current 10-15 minutes but it's certainly something to think about.
 
Original watercolour paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Monday, 18 October 2010

Glen More, Mull 15" X 11" Watercolour Painting

A gentleman asked me if I had any paintings of Mull having got married there several years ago.  Eager to oblige, I trawled through some photos on the internet and found a nice little composition from which I made this watercolour.
 
Original watercolour paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Blurb bookmakers can now sell on Amazon

Those who have tried their hand at bookmaking via blurb.com may be interested to know you now have the option to list your new book on Amazon.  This obviously provides a much bigger marketplace for your titles.  Another benefit is potential customers can take advantage of the free delivery.  You also have the option to subscribe to an additional service that will list your books with many of the major wholesalers that supply to the high street, libraries etc.  In all, a very interesting development.

 

Original watercolour paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

 

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Loch Lomond, Scotland 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is a very simple impression of Loch Lomond in Scotland.
 
Just wondering now when the first snowfall will happen by me.  I'm going to make the most of it this time and take a whole library of source photos.
 

Monday, 4 October 2010

Babbs Mill, Kingshurst 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Here's another watercolour of Babb's Mill in Kingshurst. 
 

Friday, 1 October 2010

Babbs Mill Lake, Kingshurst 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Continuing the local theme, this is another watercolour of Babbs Mill in Kingshurst where I grew up.
 

Thursday, 30 September 2010

River Cole, Stechford 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This view is a short walk upstream from my previous post but this time looking the other way. 
 

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

River Cole, Stechford 15" X 11" Watercolour Painting

This is the River Cole 5 minutes from where I live.  It looks a nice place but unfortunately it’s a little rougher than it appears.  I’ve made a complete mess of the figures in the centre and really should have removed them.

 

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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

View opposite Old School House in Weeford, Staffordshire 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Continuing from my previous post, this was the view that looked across the river and beyond.  I don't know who lives in that house but it certainly looks a lovely place to live.
 

Friday, 24 September 2010

River at Old School House, Weeford 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

We recently attended a wedding in Weeford, Staffordshire.  The setting was The Old School House and as drinks were served after the ceremony we were greeted by this delightful view.
 

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

St Paul's Cathedral, London 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Looking through some of the amazing works of Thomas W Schaller (see blog list) I felt compelled to have a go at a cityscape.  I've tried to keep it as simple as possible, just concentrating on the basic shapes.
 

Monday, 6 September 2010

Yet another imaginary Scottish landscape 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Having made a complete hash of the original foreground, I saturated the offending area with clean water and took the lot out with a tissue.  I've saved 2 or 3 recently from the bin by doing this.
 

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Scottish Landscape 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Here's another landscape painted from my imagination.  Spent the last couple of weeks in Brean.  Didn't get as many photos as I'd have liked and I'm still too shy to paint plein air.
 
The frustrating thing that I find is that as I'm driving along the country lanes of Brean, I see lots of painting subjects but there's nowhere to pull over and take a picture.
 

Monday, 2 August 2010

Kyles of Bute 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Kyles of Bute are the subject of this loose watercolour painting.  Sales at http://www.stevencronin.com

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Cowal Peninsula 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Thought I'd try one in portrait format for a change.  Here's a river flowing through the Cowal Peninsula in watercolour from a photo I saw on the internet.  It was such an inviting scene I felt I had to have a go at it.  Sales at http://www.stevencronin.com

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

The Lochan, Dunoon 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Someone asked me if I had any paintings of the Dunoon area of Scotland.  After a brief search on Google images I found this view and quickly bashed out this loose watercolour impression.  Sales at http://www.stevencronin.com

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Another imaginary Scottish Landscape 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Here's a little bit of Scottish wilderness I made up as I went along.  I'd love to stroll along the shores of somewhere like this taking in the local wildlife and then head for the distant hills and mountains.  Sales at http://www.stevencronin.com

Friday, 23 July 2010

Automata Wooden Model 'The Great War'

This is my dad's latest automata model called 'The Great War'. It took him 4-5 months to design and build. At the end of the film you can watch some of his earlier automata creations.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Scottish Landscape 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

I've painted quite a few watercolours recently of imaginary Scottish landscapes.  Here's another one.  It could be anywhere really, north of the border.  Sales at http://www.stevencronin.com

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

A Corner of Scotland 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This watercolour came from my imagination.  It's probably my favourite type of scene to paint - water with some distant hills/mountains.  Sales at http://www.stevencronin.com

Monday, 19 July 2010

Loch Leven 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This is my loose watercolour impression of Loch Leven.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

5 Ways to Ruin Your Painting

In our endeavour for recognition with our paintings, there's no doubt that practise (and lots of it!) makes perfect.  Make no mistake, there's no short cut in the pursuit of excellence and it's no coincidence that the most talented amongst us are the very same who practised the most.  Hark work will bring its just rewards, but to give yourself the best possible opportunity you need to avoid some common pitfalls.  Here are 5 of the easiest ways in which you can ruin your painting.

 

1. Lack of Tonal Difference.  I would go as far as to say the varying tones in your painting are more important than the colours.  Counter change (light against dark) provides contrast in your work and is most important when viewing the final composition.  Photograph your work and get it in a photo editor.  Change the colour to black and white and see how it affects the image.  Are the main shapes in your paintings clearly defined?  If not then your tonal values are wrong.

 

2. Using Too Many Colours.  As a novice it's understandable your first instinct is to hit every colour on your palette and really go to town.  But you'll be amazed at what you can do using as few as 2 colours.  The fewer colours you use the more harmonious the colours in your painting.  Try various mixes of just 2 or 3 colours and see what you can achieve.  You'll be pleasantly surprised!

 

3. Trying to Paint Every Detail.  Personally I like to paint fast and loose.  I couldn't paint every detail if I tried.  I look for techniques that offer the most effect for the least effort.  Whether you're painting from real life or using a reference photo, remember that you're just trying to create an impression of what you see.  Allow your own personality to make its stamp on your work.

 

4.  Poor Composition.  There are exceptions to every rule, but one that will generally see you in good stead is the 'Rule of Thirds'.  Imagine your canvas or paper divided into 3 equal parts both vertically and horizontally.  Where the lines cross is where you should place your main subject or focal point.  Always avoid the centre, your painting will not look right and the viewer's eye will have nowhere to go.

 

5. Not Knowing When to Stop.  This is probably the most frustrating error of all.  How many times have you produced something to be proud of only to ruin it at the end simply by fiddling?  The temptation to fiddle often proves too much for most of us, so when should we stop?  Personally, once I reach a point where all the main elements are in the painting and all that's left is to touch up parts that you've already done then it's time to stop.  I sign the painting and that's it!  Once it's signed there's no going back!

 

Ultimately your success is down to you.  The more you practice the more your skills will develop and the prouder you will be of your work.  With practise comes experience and the promise of bigger and better things.  Best of luck and happy painting!

Monday, 5 July 2010

Loch Rannoch and Schiehallion Watercolour Painting | New book

'The Paintings of Steven Cronin 2009 - 2010' is the title of my new book and is a collection of my favourite paintings from the last couple of years.  Unlike the first 2 books I've done, this one is in full colour and on premium paper.  Obviously the price reflects this but I think it's the only way to go.  I've entered the book into the Photography Now competition on Blurb.com  Hopefully this will help it get some exposure.  You can view the book at http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1450019  I would appreciated any feedback.
 
This watercolour of Loch Rannoch features in the new book and is one of several recent paintings I've done of the area.

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