Saturday, 18 March 2017

Loose Florals

I am having so much fun with my water colours. My natural style is quite tight and I am enjoying the challenge to paint in a looser style. I bought two of Jean Haines' books -  World of  Water Colour and Paint Yourself Calm. Both books have very good exercises for loosening up and going with the flow.
Here are a few of my experiments based on exercises in Jean's books, videos by Angela Fehr and my own original attempts..

This a combination of a Jean Haines' lavender exercise and a wonderful video tutorial by Angela Fehr on painting wild lupines.

Rose based on a Jean Haines exercise.

 Yellow rose based on the photo below.

As you can see, I am using this blog to record my adventure with water colour and share my pleasure and enjoyment of this wonderful medium.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Stages in the development of a watercolour

Slowly, very slowly, I am learning how to handle water colour paints. They are great fun but also very difficult to master. As much as I try for a free, loose style I am continually drawn to a more controlled style.

Here is the evolution of a small painting of a Superb Blue Wren from the initial sketch to almost finished. There is still more to do but I am at that difficult stage in this painting where it is just too easy to do too much, to go to far. I am frozen at the moment - afraid to put brush to paper! I think I need to leave it for a few days and come back with fresh eyes.

First pencil sketch.

Pencil to water colour paper

First colour applied
Next addition of colour

Adding more texture

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Loose Florals

I had my first try at loosening up my water colour style today. I have been watching videos on YouTube and found Andrew Geeson's videos a great inspiration. Angela Fehr is another proponent of the loose and fluid style I am eager to develop. I have lots of books on water colour painting but most of them teach techniques that are quite precise and exact. I love the more precise style but would like to be able to paint in a loose, flowing style also.

Here are my first two attempts at loosening up.

            Unknown species!!! Started out as sunflowers but mutated very quickly.

                    Very quick loose roses à la Andrew Geeson.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Inspiration & motivation

I belong to a drawing and painting group which I find is a wonderful source of inspiration and motivation.  Melissa, our group facilitator, gives us some great hints and tips each week. I really like her suggestion of keeping a sketchbook journal and drawing something every day from our immediate environment - indoors or out. My subject today is this pairing of ceramics by Ronelle Clarke.

My mother-in-law is also a source of inspiration. I knew she painted in oils but only discovered at Christmas that she had tried water colours. This is a pen and water colour sketch of hers that I love.

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