Thursday, February 16, 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, February 11, 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.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A new creative life

I have discovered a new passion for drawing and painting and will occasionally document my progress through this blog. 
I am inspired by nature and colour and am delighted with the luminous quality of water colour paint.
So, it is back to the beginning. Starting once again with a new medium and slowly learning its characteristics, its joys and difficulties. There will be many mistakes along the way but that is how we learn. 

An early attempt with pencil.

Rough watercolour pencil sketch

Preliminary drawing

First attempt at a watercolour still life

First watercolour landscape

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Beautiful France - Part 3:Côtes du Rhône villages

Some of the most beautiful villages we saw in France were located in the Côtes du Rhône region. Picture-perfect villages, colourful shutters, beautiful gardens, vineyards and delicious wines, all combined with glorious spring weather - who could ask for more!

A beautiful garden
A fountain in Le Crestet, which is a tiny, beautifully preserved village.
Rose covered wall in Le Crestet.
View of Le Crestet from the chateau.
Beaumes de Venise
Rooftops and bell tower - Seguret
Tiny Suzette
View from Suzette
Vineyard at Gigondas
All photos taken May 2015

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