Sunday, July 26, 2015

Misty Morning - Watercolour Pencil -

Continuing on from last weeks attempt at a misty morning rendition and reading through David Bellamy's 'Winter Landscapes' and 'Mountains and Moorlands' books.

... I love his atmospheric landscapes but they are not as easy as he makes it look !

Derwent Watercolour pencils and a water brush in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook 5" x 8"


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Morning up on Hwy 6 North

I was going to start a 12 " x 16" painting but chickened out and created this in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook.
So it is about 5" x 8"  

A misty morning photographed as I drove north on Hwy 6 several years ago seemed like a perfect opportunity to try creating mist over the landscape.

Maybe I should try the 12 " x 16"


Monday, July 13, 2015

Winters Swimming Hole ..

Winter loves to go splashing about in the man made (or kid made) area that is a bit deeper because of all the rocks piled to stem the flow in the 'creek' that runs through our local park.
Unfortunately the mosquitoes love it too, so this was created from memory after we returned home.

Hand Bound Paper Co Travelogue 5 1/4" x 81/4" sketchbook

Pen, Ink and watercolour pencil washed with water.

Patrick was correct the Noodler's Black ink takes a long time to dry to permanence ;-(

Sunday, July 12, 2015

In the style of A.J Casson ... part two ..

I took the time this morning to finish the last of the three paintings from my workshop.

While working on this highly stylized, almost abstract watercolour I felt that I was beginning to understand what Casson was trying to say.

"You look like you are having fun" was Nan's comment as she walked by, and yes I was!

This is my favourite from the weekend.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Workshop - In the style of A.J Casson..

I spent the 'long weekend' at Nan Hogg's watercolour workshop studying the art and style of one of my favourite artists, AJ Casson.

Moving so far away from what is normal for me and trying to imagine how Mr Casson would see a particular scene really was hard work!

Below are two of the three watercolours I worked on over the weekend; these are BIG this one is on a half sheet of Arches 300lb cold pressed!

This one was painted en plein aire otherwise known as "outside"  ;-) on a hot windy day, on of those days when washes dry so fast (that's my excuse and I am sticking to it!)

This is on Saunders Waterford 140lb 12 x 16 paper, a bit smaller but still big (for me)

Anyway these are 'finished' or so I was told!

As I said it was really difficult for a detail oriented painter like me to paint in an almost abstract style.
Difficult but lots of fun.

All in all I learned a great deal

Thanks Nan ;-)