Monday, August 3, 2015

Figs study

A study of figs in quinacridone gold, ultramarine blue and a bit of dioxazine purple, on Moulin de Roy 140lb paper

Monday, July 27, 2015

Beety roots

Some of our first beet roots to grow, delicious with grated apple and rocket! Here they are in a wash  of Quinacrdione gold, ultramarine blue and cadmium red.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A sense of summer

Some doughnut peaches give me a sense of summer... Initial wash of quinacridone gold, quinacridone red and cadmium red. I used Canson Moulin du Roy paper for the first time, and I really like the effects it gives the paint. There is more "tooth" than the Arches cold pressed paper so it create more effects particularly with granulating paints.

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.
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