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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Belbroughton, Worcestershire 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

It must be at least 5 years since I was last in Belbroughton.   It coincided with the annual scarecrow festival that transforms the village one Sunday each year.  I was amazed how almost every house had its own unique scarecrow staring at me somewhat menacingly.
 
Huge bottleneck in painting output this week as upload failures on YouTube have frustratingly refused to go away.  I think it's time to give up on this one video and move on to the next painting.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.StevenCronin.com

Monday, 24 January 2011

Walkham Valley, Dartmoor 15" X 11" Watercolour Painting

Continuing the recent Dartmoor theme, this watercolour portrays a pleasant morning in Walkham valley.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.StevenCronin.com

Friday, 21 January 2011

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

Here's a simple winter watercolour scene of Dousland in Devon.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.StevenCronin.com

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Black Tor from West Okement River, Dartmoor 15" X 11" Watercolour Painting

Here's another watercolour painting of Dartmoor.  This time looking towards Black Tor from West Okement river.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Dartmoor National Park, Devon 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Here's another watercolour impression from within Dartmoor National Park in Devon.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.StevenCronin.com

Monday, 17 January 2011

Hay Tor, Dartmoor 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

Having painted several Dartmoor scenes recently, someone on Facebook sent me a photo and asked if I would consider painting a watercolour of Hay Tor.  It's not normally the type of composition I would normally paint but I was quite pleased with the way it turned out.  It's possible to get some quite convincing rocks when you scrape with a plastic card as I've done here.  I love the Dartmoor area.  We spend a fair amount of time in Somerset each year, so fortunately Dartmoor is just a little further down the M5.

 

I bought a high definition video camera for my painting videos that I put on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/watercolourworkshop)  High definition is great but 15 minutes of video takes 3 hours to upload and is creating a bit of a bottleneck.  I was looking at this superfast 50mb broadband from Virgin but then I noticed in June they're bringing out 100mb broadband and now I'm thinking of getting a bit greedy!

 

What I have noticed on YouTube is how much more popular drawing is compared to painting.  I suppose it stands to reason really, considering how easy it is to just pick up a pencil rather than setting up your paints.  One of the reasons I haven’t done oil painting for a while is because of the setting up time compared to watercolours.  In the time it takes to set up your oils I could have finished a watercolour!  And that’s before you even get into how much gear you have to cart with you if you want to take your oils anywhere.

 

I don’t know if I’ve imagined it or not, but one thing I have noticed is people seem to have more respect for watercolourists than oil painters.  I think this is driven by an appreciation of how much more difficult watercolours can be, especially trying to correct mistakes.

 

When I started oil painting, the colours looked more vibrant and I thought they would sell for much more than the watercolours.  To my surprise there was actually very little difference.  Maybe it's because my oils all look like Bob Ross clones and I have more experience in watercolours.

 

Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.StevenCronin.com

Friday, 14 January 2011

Streetly Gate, Sutton Park 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

I painted this watercolour of Sutton Park one Sunday morning recently whilst sat in the car.  It was freezing outside and was glad of the car heater.  You can see the video of this painting at http://www.youtube.com/user/watercolourworkshop
 
I'd like to make more videos outside as I think they're more interesting than the studio paintings I do all the time.  I'm sad the snow has gone though.  I find the winter landscapes much more interesting than any other season.  I'd love to live somewhere where snow was more regular, but obviously where they were better prepared for it so you don't get the chaos you get here.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.StevenCronin.com

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Cleveland Hills, Yorkshire Moors 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

This watercolour painting depicts a bleak winter scene looking towards the Cleveland Hills in the Yorkshire Moors.
 
Original watercolour landscape paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

River Wye, Derbyshire 15" X 11" Watercolour Painting

This is a quiet scene along the River Wye in Derbyshire.
 
Original watercolour paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

Monday, 10 January 2011

Glascarnoch, Strathgarve, Scotland 15" x 11" Watercolour Painting

It's back to the grind after the Christmas festivities and here's a watercolour of Glascarnoch to kick start the new year.
 
I'm close to completing my first DVD.  It's a collection of recent watercolour painting demonstrations from my Watercolour Workshop channel over on YouTube.  I've no idea what the reaction will be.  I'm going to send it to Amazon who then put it on their site and deal with any orders for a commission.  Fingers crossed!
 
Original watercolour paintings at http://www.stevencronin.com

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