Friday, 24 May 2013
Another picture from a photograph taken on a dull, colourless day. Originally, I set out to just do an ink drawing but I couldn't resist putting some washes on it. I then, as is so often the case, started to fuss over some of the washes. To me the result is a picture which isn't really sure what it's supposed to be. What I was pleased about was the light in the picture, as I said, the photograph is dull and overcast, I tried to brighten the scene and freshen it up and, to a point, I succeeded. As I type this the rain is lashing down outside and gusts of wind drive it against the window. Another cold, miserable, drab day. There seems to be no end to this disgusting weather, it's all the more frustrating as I determined to try doing most of my work "plein air" this year. Ah well, time to look through the photographs again!!!
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Monday the 6th broke with tradition in that we had brilliant sunshine. In fact, it was so hot I got burned. We are way behind with our allotment because of all the previous bad weather, so, off we went to get things done. Tradition was broken a second time in that I took time out to do this sketch while my wife did all the planting. It was a novel if slightly guilty experience to sit and draw while Helen established runner beans and peas etc and is not, I hasten to add, how I would normally spend time there. She likes this picture but I'm not sure how many more times I will get away with such a leisurely morning!! Waterproof and water-soluble ink and watercolour on Daler 90lb NOT.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
My attempt at a monochrome watercolour from the past. "Well", I thought, "Green should be easy as it's so common in nature". Hmmmm, how wrong. Seen a green deer on your travels anyone? I was really struggling with the medium at the time, (even more than I do now) and it shows in places.
Nevertheless, I was very happy with this at the time. The photograph has washed out some of the colour which, ironically, has unified the image and lifted it.
Watercolour on Bockingford 140lb.