Sunday, October 31, 2010

New Watercolour - In Safe Hands WIP 4

Have managed to make some progress since the last post. I have learned so much from this painting and realise that I like this human interest type of subject.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Watercolour - In Safe Hands WIP 3

Here's the next step. Continuing to work on the male figure.

New Watercolour - 'In Safe Hands' 2nd step

Here's the next step in the progress of 'In Safe Hands'. This is a watercolour on a half sheet of Arches 300 cold pressed watercolour paper. The paints are from a Holbein limited palette, the brushes are Escoda synthetic.
Have started to work on one of the figures in this step - flesh tones are so unique and difficult to apply. I think that the chin is not quite right and the dark of the jaw line is too hard - he does not have a beard. 
I have used a tripod for these photos but now need to work on better lighting as you can see a difference between this photo and the one for the previous step. Your comments and critique is welcomed - don't hold back.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Watercolour - 'In Safe Hands'

Some months ago Yvonne and I looked through some old 35mm slides and came across a set taken whilst on holidays with family. One photo stood out enough for me to want to paint it. Imagine a warm afternoon, children playing, running, noise, inevitable childish disputes - and then time for a nap.
Yvonne captured this special moment with her brother and his daughter resting on a sun lounger. The focus is definitely the child peeking over her father's arm.
Here's stage one [I missed taking a photo of the drawing].
I'll show the next steps tomorrow.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Paintings shown with Jalbum

I have decided to display my paintings in an album here Please feel free to have a look and leave a comment.

Watercolour Wanderings Listed on Top Artists Directory

I have enjoyed looking at the work of other artists and getting to know them through their work. Not only that, but seeing just how many people are painting. Some say that paining and being an artist is a lonely business - but as I sit [or stand] and paint I reflect on just how many people around the world are doing exactly the same thing at that moment.
Just recently my blog was listed in the Top Artists Directory where there are many links to other artists. You may like to discover some new faces for yourself.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Watercolour Forums

I took a dive in at the deep end and submitted "End of the Day at Duck Arm" to the Wetcanvas Watercolour Forum. The response was overwhelming. Many positive comments and encouraging remarks. There's no doubt that the vast majority of people I've come across since beginning painting are wonderfully suppportive people.

You might like to have a look and share my joy:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Back to it

No posts for the past couple of weeks as we've been travelling.
Yvonne and I have been to Canberra and have traveled over the mountains to Eagle Point and will finally arrive home at the weekend. It was good catching up with Jon and Laura whilst we were in Canberra.
It's amazing how we start with good intentions of painting along the way but ......
We have taken lots of photos that will end up as paintings at some stage.
I'm looking forward to posting a new painting on our return.
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