Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer blues

Experimenting with ultramarine blue and Prussian blue washes ended up with one of my favourite subjects, a dandelion clock! I kept the white of the paper to enhance the edges and the centre of the clock, with a ghost clock on the right. When it was dry I went over the darker areas to pull out the shapes. Lastly when it was dry, I used a chalk pastel in white to highlight seeds and "clocks" -imagining the seed heads floating on the wind, during this month of May.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Keeper - late spring brown trout

I worked from a photo of a beautiful brown trout caught last year. The golds and purples shimmering on its back with black circles are just beautiful.

Watercolour on arches 140lb paper. Lots of laying down washes of quinacridone gold, quin gold & ultramarine mix, and burnt sienna mixed with some dioxazine purple.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring onion

Alizarin crimson, dioxazine violet on arches 300 lb paper.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Old Favourites

These are a pair of my husbands ancient walking boots, just before he had to throw them out. After years of walking over boggy ground which is acidic, the metal eyelets started to rust, then gently disintegrate and fall off so he had to wrap the laces around them to keep them on!  The shape is beautiful and an interesting study for wet-in-wet watercolour study.

Initial wash of burnt sienna, quinacridone gold and umber and allowed to dry completely. I kept the lighter areas and then just kept applying paint wet-in-wet into the darker areas until I could do no more! Arches 300lb paper.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Winter apples

Spring is slowly springing in Connemara and I can't wait to get out and sketch. The primroses, lesser celandines and dog violets have yet to show their petals, as soon as they do I'll be out with sketch pad and pencil. In the meantime I make do with indoor still life with a pair of apples!

Quinacridone gold and ultramarine blue washes wet-wet, allowed to dry then worked over again wet-in-dry. The white highlights on the apple were done with a brush wet with clear water while the paint was drying. The crucial stage to get that 'halo' is just when the shine has gone off the paint.
Arches 300lb paper.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Summer pears

While I don't have as much as time as I used to, I am really enjoying the splashy wet washes! Maybe because time is so precious that I allow myself to have more fun with painting and not get too tied up with painting a whole picture...

Initial wash with quinacridone gold and turquoise on Arches 140lb paper.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Primroses in June..

This spring, the primroses seemed to put on a fantastic display of  bigger plants with explosions of flowers, even more than usual. In Connemara, it's a harbinger of spring, like a small mound of scrambled eggs springing up in the hedgerows. The yellow petals facing towards the sun lift our hearts after a long winter.

This year, I have not had as much time to paint as I used to, but I manage to grab a few hours here and there, even if just to sketch. That's why it has taken a few months to finish a painting that was started in the spring!

Initial wash of quinacridone gold and turquoise. i have tried out Sennelier watercolour paints and they're just gorgeous. I then worked into the dry wash picking out the negative spaces and using a wet brush to pick out the veins in the leaves.

Watercolour on Arches 140lb paper.

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