Two recent watercolours after a while painting in oils. A snowy Exmoor scene and a view of Derryinver in Connemara.
A very quick splosh of some red roses and white hibiscus flowers.
I had a great time on Thursday talking to Creative arts students as part of the Festival of Discovery at the University of Exeter about watercolour impressionists such as Edward Seago, Edward Wesson and John Hoar. Then I did a quick demo in the style of the latter. The students were fantastic in their responses. Here’s the demonstration
As quickly painted watercolour of trees beside a river. 50 minutes
Like us all I’ve been spending most of my time indoors with just the occasional shop and regular daily exercise. All this has meant quite a lot of painting, ranging from John Hoar DVDs (I was due to go on one of his courses so substituted DVDs instead), my Connemara and Norfolk sketchbooks. Here’s a selection of them.
This is a very loose painting where I had enormous fun with water flowing in great puddles over the sky area. I took my lead from a John Hoar painting and in his words, ‘took the courage in my hands and sploshed away. It was great fun and I was happy with the results .
I suppose as I improve as a painter that I get better at giving an impression of a subject whether it be a landscape, towns spec or flowers. Here is a quick painting of some flowers, which I did as a demo recently. I wasn’t interested in botanical accuracy but rather I was interested in conveying the ‘bunchiness’ of flowers.
The second painting is looking down Priest Lane towards the Abbey in Pershore, Worcestershire. I chose Sepia to convey the tones which adds, I hope, to a believable composition.
Three more paintings of the Exmoor area including the churches of George Nympton and Molland. These two were completed in line (bamboo and matchstick pen) and watercolour.
I had a great two days last week in North Devon with John Hoar . We did a variety of subjects most of them local. We also did a mix of pure watercolour, line and wash as well as sepia studies for tonal practice. Here are some of the results.