Wash Challenge, week three… A little looser

Little Gem no.5

Little Gem no.5

I seriously thought I might go to life drawing tonight for the first time in a month, but it’s still just a bit too hard as I’m unable to drive with my broken hand. A bit disappointing, but the upside was that I picked up brushes instead and gently moved some paint around – it was so much more relaxing than dealing with public transport at rush hour!!

Continuing the watercolour washes challenge (week 3!), this first Little Gem is simply Ultramarine Blue and Raw Sienna – and very effective for just two colours! I’m very impressed by some of the greys that have resulted, and I love the granulation of the blue. I can see this being very useful for skies.

Little Gem no. 6

Little Gem no. 6

With the second piece I also used just two colours and tried to keep the paper drier for a change – I generally have a lot of trouble creating dry brush effects which is why they’re hardly ever seen in my paintings. So I thought I’d have ten minutes experimenting and practising, and I’m really very happy with the results.

The colours here are Phthalo Blue and Rose Madder, making some beautifully delicate purples where they’ve mixed together in the brush and on the paper. I found that sweeping the brush fast across the paper gave a much better result than I usually manage.

Little Gem no. 7

Little Gem no. 7

And finally, I went back to an old favourite and practised painting eyes. The eye on the right, in Quinacridone Deep Orange and Quinacridone Purple, looks almost finished but the first one might benefit from some more work – maybe a darker centre or iris of some kind.

Both were painted from imagination, and I wonder what kind of animal each one might belong to!

 

Wash Challenge, week two results

Little Gem No-3

Little Gem No-3

Here we are in week three already, and I haven’t shared my results from week two yet! Yes, I did actually manage to complete the task, even with a rickety right arm and while work is horrendously busy. Fortunately, I can just about hold a paint brush (and also type, after a fashion) so the only barriers are time and inspiration.

The first square I painted was a bit lacking in said inspiration – I find imaginary pieces really difficult and confronting. I’m determined to improve though, and this will only happen through practise. So I chose some colours and simply put the brush down, paint filled, to see what happened. The colours here are Quinachridone Purple and Bismuth Yellow, with a touch of Indigo for the suggestion of a silhouette skyline.

Little Gem No 4

Little Gem No 4

The second piece went a little easier, probably because I’d already done the worst part: getting started with no idea what to do! So, I was more relaxed with this one and felt happy to just watch the Pthahlo Blue run into the Bismuth Yellow and vice versa. Then I used a smaller brush to add some grassier strokes when it was slightly drier, and finished again with Indigo for darker, shadowy fronds.

A New Challenge – Watercolour Washes

It’s time to start again… I haven’t been moving my brushes enough lately, and I haven’t written at all…  life has been busy: several new challenges at work over the past year, finding and buying a new place to live, then moving in and trying to make it home… but there are always reasons and excuses. The trick is to keep the momentum going regardless, and I lost it. I came to a full stop, and stayed there.

The break has been interesting, there’s definitely been some guilt about not painting. There’s been a lot more guilt about the state of my website, which I keep expecting to find has been hacked and is now selling something noxious behind my back (it isn’t, is it?). There’s also the temptation to just forget about it all for good and go read a good book instead.

Then I see what everyone else is doing and my interest is piqued again: new techniques, new colours, new styles!

So here we are… I’ve been invited to join a Facebook Group for watercolour washes. The aim is to create and share two small washes each per week, minimum. I’m absolutely certain I can find the time and inspiration to do that!  And so here are my first two:

The first is a loose experiment using Indigo and Ultramarine Turquoise, which played very nicely together on a sample sheet of St. Cuthbert’s Mill, Saunders Waterford paper.

The second is a bit more figurative and uses Gold Green, Cascade Green, Cadmium Orange and Indian Yellow. The daffodil petals were formed using negative painting, simply painting around the white space to create them then adding a very light greeny grey for some shadows.

I’ve been a bit handicapped this week with a fractured wrist, which is why the first wash is so simple. The daffodil was actually painted just before the fracture, so I’m using a bit of artistic licence to share it as part of this first challenge week.

Watch this space to see what happens next week!

WorldWatercolorGroup February challenge: Day 10 to 17

Another week and a few more Worldwatercolorgroup February challenge submissions. I’m still so far behind… I used some sneaky guerrilla tactics this week to catch up a bit:

 

 

Playing Catch-up! #Worldwatercolorgroup February Challenge

After a pretty long absence I’ve been begged by Mum and Dad to share some pictures, because they don’t have Facebook accounts and I’m too busy for email at the moment. It’s a fair request and I’m sure I have other friends as well who avoid the whole Social Media thing. So I’ve relented, and will try to post more regularly.

The hardest thing for me is feeling I don’t have time to write properly, and it’s been keeping me away… but the folks have been trying to convince me that it’s better to put up pictures without explanation than not to share at all. I’m not sure I can do that, so I’ve managed a few sentences.

So here’s what I’ve been up to recently – I’m trying to complete a painting a day throughout February for #worldwatercolorgroup on Facebook, but work is so so busy and as a result I’ve been playing catch-up since the very 1st day of February. It’s the 14th today and I’m still 5 days behind behind but, here you go Mum & Dad, here’s the first 9:

#worldwatercolorgroup