Horowhenua Landscape – colour studies.

Although smaller in size these four colour studies were just as challenging as my larger work. I wanted to maintain fluidity and freshness with each whilst at the same time bringing depth through layering a mix of media. This included charcoal at the start, followed by watercolour, water-soluble wax pastels, soft pastel and back into each one with either black or indigo water-soluble pencil. I will endeavour to replicate parts of these works into a further series on Colourfix pastel board – a completely deferent surface from the smooth hot pressed Fabriano Artistico paper these studies are painted on.

Each study is 10.5″ x 7″ unframed and available to purchase. Please see my Landscape Gallery for further details.

I sense Summer!…

Pink stole the studio show today. It is truly exciting to think summer is on it’s way. Imagine walking through this landscape of gold, pink and lime greens… invigorating!

“I Sense Summer”

Watercolour, pencil, charcoal and soft pastel on Fabriano Artistico paper. Approximately 29.5″ x 9.5″.

Watercolour river studies…continuing my sketchbook journey.

Its important to me that I endeavour to capture outdoor holiday moments in my visual diary. So right now I am experimenting with tiny watercolour studies with mixed results…and that’s okay.

My learnings:

  • Make a few notans of your photo image to start with, it allows you to really see your large shapes, direction of movement and point of interest
  • It’s important to lightly sketch large shapes and placement of key subjects as accurately as possible
  • Apply masking fluid carefully to those areas you wish to leave white and work on later
  • Maintain those precious lights and whites of the paper
  • Dont be afraid to make dark areas dark (don’t use black it deadens your work)
  • Contrast is important
  • Use a limited palette to start, I mainly used three watercolours plus white gouache:
    • French Ultramarine
    • Rose Madder
    • Gamboge Yellow

I’m not a watercolourist but I do enjoy sketching with watercolour, gouache, pen and ink.

2.5″ watercolour study,
and heres to many more!

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