I’m enjoying line and wash at the moment. I like doing scratchy trees so here’s a russet coloured autumn day of wind and showers. I do like the autumn.
Sometimes I like to use a bamboo and matchstick ‘pen’ with Indian ink to create a picture to be then painted with watercolour. A matchstick is much better than a commercially bought pen because if you sharpen it into a wedge you can get both fine and thick lines and you can add texture by shading.
Here’s a picture of Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol UK using this method.
Here are two quickly painted scenes- by quickly I mean as bold as I can, first wash quickly and confidently applied. Two very different days; a broody, cloudy, showery and windy day for the Windmill at Rye, East Sussex and a bright, clear day with the odd threat of a shower at St John’s Point, Donegal.,
Here is a bamboo and matchstick drawing with watercolour of the rebuilt bridge at Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina. The original bridge was destroyed on 9 November 1993 during the Bosnian war. The new bridge was opened in 2004. The picture was inspired by a recent trip made by a friend who posted pictures on Facebook. It is also closely modelled on a painting by my mentor John Hoar.
Here’s a very quickly painted watercolour of sunshine and showers on Exmoor. Done in seven colours, Windsor blue, burnt sienna, raw sienna, burnt umber, alizarin crimson, Payne’s grey and light red .
Here is a watercolour of some roses. The colours are a bit more vivid than the original blooms (especially the pinks) but I’m happy with the feel and shape of it.
Here is an acrylic of a Connemara sunset from my recent visit. I love the vivid colours you can get with acrylic paint.