I haven’t painted an Irish watercolour in ages so here’s one I did yesterday. the process of painting these scenes always takes me back there, so I may be doing a few more!!
Here’s a￼ quickly painted snow scene inspired by my teacher John Hoar to wish all friends on here a very happy Christmas.
Many times I’ve looked at this view from the position of the Renvyle House Hotel with the castle ruin and the sea in the far distance. I’ve attempted to get a bid of moodiness in here using a very limited colour palette.
Once again I had the privilege of spending five days at the Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara painting under the kind tutelage of the best watercolorist in England today, John Hoar. These five are all paintings of scenes nearby. It’s an astonishingly beautiful part of the world and the hotel, with its friendly staff, magnificent restaurant, turf (peat for the uninitiated ) fires and Connemara single malt, is a wonderfully stress free zone.
Here is a watercolour of a beautiful area of Exmoor. If you look very carefully you can just make out Landacre bridge crossing the winding river. It’s a stunning area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s a difficult thing to paint as it all revolves around colour, tone and wash.
There seems to be an autumnal theme in my current paintings. Maybe because we here in the UK have had a unusually warm and sunny summer, I’m driven to think of the beauty of the sudden cooler days and gradual changes of the leaves to vibrant russets, reds and oranges. Anyway, this scene is of the Welsh/Shropshire border near where my oldest and dear friend Mike lives. We went walking here in June.
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 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.
Today’s picture is of the Dales village of Muker. The building in the foreground is a library . This will be one of a series of Dales paintings. This one use bamboo and ink along with watercolour washes.