Walberswick…

England has some cracking place-names… Nether Wallop, Blubberhouses, Great Snoring, Booby Dingle, Broadwoodwidger, Ulceby Skitter… and Walberswick! I’m sure that some of them have made it over to the USA – and that you have your fair share of odd place names.

And here is a painting of Walberswick…

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And here it is after some consideration and adding some darks…

(Same painting – different scan with a slightly different colour bias!)

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Different paper makes a difference…

It really does… this one is painted on Arches rough, which I had never tried before…

twoboats

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Look for the good bits…

This started out as being titled “Fighting with paint and water…’ but then I remembered when I was learning to play tennis not so long ago, our coach said ‘Remember the good shots and not the bad ones.’ So… I think I must look for the good bits in a painting I don’t like…

Fighting with paint and water…

My paintings in class haven’t been very successful recently. Disappointing. I don’t seem to be able to produce paintings that either I, or the tutor, like…bits are always OK. The last one… ‘a beautiful sky’ she said (yeah well, convincing skies I seem to be able to do – not that tricky..) but no other comment! Maybe I’m trying to paint as she wants us to paint… and not as I can/do paint – I must use my own ‘vision’ (when I find it!)

Anyway I had another go at the kind of scene we were meant to be doing which is more successful. Paint and water (i.e. watercolour) is a very tricky medium but that’s kind of what I like about it…and what I hate!

‘A beautiful sky’… (unfinished I know and also 2x the size of the other one…should this be a lesson?)

niceskyAnd here’s the one I did later…

quay

 

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Boats in the mud…

A quick sketch and painting started on site…until bad light, cold and an incoming tide stopped play.

A friend has bought a wooden ‘gentleman’s motor yacht’ to live on at some point in the future. It needs a lot, and I mean a lot, of work done on it. There was nothing much for me to do yesterday apart from make tea, take photos and sketch. The only reason I was allowed to go was if I promised to sketch. Windows misted up and so I sat inside looking out through an open door at the small boats across the creek sitting on their mud berths. Bad eyesight, bad light and distance meant that I couldn’t  see too many details – who knows what was there behind the ladder!

boats

 

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Cat and water…

Two very quick sketches…

graphite and watercolour of the cat…

and just watercolour of the seascape… it’s of an oyster packing shed on a small island in an estuary near me.

packingshed

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A new project….

This started as a sky…. and then I liked the sky so I thought I should add something to it.

So I trawled though some photos and found a blurry photo of a project that is going to take up quite a bit of my time I feel…

A very good friend has bought a motor yacht that needs restoration – total restoration. But she is very pretty and is on a nearby creek on a mud berth. This is a (very) prettified picture of where she is! There is a boat yard behind her…not a marina but a yard with cranes and old rusty boats, and broken boats, and all manner of houseboats being worked on and lived in.  Normally the creek – which is tidal and therefore only has water for a few hours around the high tide – is just mud!

Hopefully I’ll get enough time to do some sketching while I’m there …

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O Christmas tree…

I wanted to make a lino cut for my Christmas card again this year but life has a way of putting obstacles in your path and as December dawned it dawned on me that I just might not have enough time. So I took some time out to make a quick watercolour that could then be digitally printed.

However, after three attempts to paint what was so clear in my minds eye I have achieved something very like what I wanted! If I had used the time to attack the lino design I had started I could well have finished it…but…there’s always next year! I can, at least, start it now and perhaps by next December…

christmas-tree

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