Here’s a watercolour of the Connemara mountains and an oil of the calm early morning light you can sometimes see over the Exe Estuary in Devon where I live.
I attended another brilliant Hester Berry workshop in Braunton (North Devon) recently where we painted a view of the Burrows. After being inspired by Hester I then painted a sunrise over the Exe Estuary in Topsham where I live (from one of many photos taken in the early morning . This one was from a photo taken last October).
It’s years since I painted this iconic view of Wixels and the estuary from the church steps in Topsham where I live. This was done fairly freely and loosely for a friend/colleague.
Here’s a couple of Exe Estuary efforts . I used gesso towards the bottom of each board to give an uneven surface with would produce texture in the foreground. I was using the recent beautiful paintings by Ray Balkwill as an inspiration. His are much much better than these efforts but I learned a lot for future reference.
I was experimenting with monochrome the other day and sloshed some water and watercolour on some old bits of paper. I tried sepia at first but didn’t like the results so tried Payne’s Grey -make sure it’s Winsor and Newton Professional quality as it’s blue where as many others are a kind of dirty black. Anyway , with no drawing and precious little planning I came up with two pictures that could be the Exe Estuary where I live!
This is a view, showing St Leonard’s Church and the Cathedral that I see regularly on my bike rides into Exeter. There are a lot of greens to be negotiated here so I hope I have varied them and made them realistic enough.
Here are two acrylic paintings of the Exe Estuary at Topsham taken from two of the many photographs of Topsham sunsets posted on social media.
A painting demonstration in acrylic. A typical scene on the river Exe at Topsham. So many wonderful sunsets.
Although I love watercolour as a medium that best expresses the beauty of the landscape, I do love the vibrancy and texture of acrylic to provide drama in a painting. In general I think it’s best to use neat paint straight from the tube and avoid too much mixing, which can dampen the vibrancy. This painting is a view from the Exmouth side of the Exe Estuary looking over the Halden Hills.