Category Archives: sketching

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 … Continue reading

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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.

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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 … Continue reading

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One pear – two pictures

I have some water-colour pencils that I have never really used and I had a pear (found on a bench). Never really liked pencil crayons… but I see that they have their uses. Then I watched a video demonstration of … Continue reading

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It just takes two…

… colours that is. An experiment in just using 2 colours and one picture. Changes values and emphasis. Some subtleties are lost in the scanning. First one in Indigo and Cadmium Red (and a tiny touch of Raw Sienna in … Continue reading

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Lessons 4 & 5…

Lessons 4 & 5 – indigo and cerulean blues. Both cool, indigo opaque, cerulean semi-opaque. This is an interesting way to learn about the colours and how they work together, limited palette, minimal drawing, wet-in-wet (and fingers crossed!) and taking me … Continue reading

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Lesson 3 – cobalt blue

This seems to be quite a novel way of learning watercolours – taking each blue and discovering the what, why and how of it. So, what did we learn? Cobalt blue: semi-opaque, warm, makes good greys, Mediterranean skies, interesting greens, granulates … Continue reading

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