Brancaster Beach, Pt. 3

Brancaster Beach (Watercolour)

Brancaster Beach (Watercolour)

Just a quick post this evening to show a small update on the Brancaster Beach painting… The sky has been darkened at the top and the sand at the bottom a little, to bring the focus more to the middle. I’ve also brightened up the far sand dunes by making the green grass more vivid and adding a few shadows.

I’m really not sure where to go with this next, I don’t want to add any more detail but somehow it still seems unfinished. It must be time to concentrate on something completely different for a while 🙂

Brancaster Beach, Pt. 2

Brancaster Beach (Watercolour)

Brancaster Beach (Watercolour)

So now you can see the full extent of the scene at Brancaster beach – there’s quite a lot of sand there 🙂 . I thought it would be interesting to try a landscape that’s actually portrait, and I hoped that it might give a better impression of the scale of things.

Again, I’m impressed how much better it looks on the PC, I hope I can pick up what it is that’s different and introduce it to the original – maybe it’s just slightly higher contrast, or the vibrancy of the colours… or maybe I’m just not standing far enough away from the original 🙂 this image is smaller and therefore looks more condensed.

Now I have to work out what to do next… I need to define the breaking edge of the water better but have no idea how, and the sand will need more work too. After that I suspect there’ll be just one or two tweaks to do in the distance – does it need a point of interest? I’m not sure…

Brancaster Beach, Pt. 1

Brancaster Beach (Watercolour)

Brancaster Beach (Watercolour)

First stage of a (hopefully) looser, more abstract wash based beach scene: this is from a photo I took while on Brancaster Beach in North Norfolk recently. There isn’t very much to see there except sky, sand, sea and a few grassy dunes.

I stopped early on this as, after a great sky, the strip of darker water across the middle was already not progressing very loosely. Maybe the brushtrokes will be more flowing tomorrow 🙂 .

Fishing from Maroubra Cliffs

Maroubra Cliffs (Watercolour)

Maroubra Cliffs (Watercolour)

It’s seems so long since my last post here that I’m not sure I can remember how to write… in the meantime we have had a lovely break, flying to Victoria and driving along the Great Ocean Road. There were some spectacular sea views along the way, so it’s easy to slip back into this watercolour of Maroubra that I started before we left.

The break has obviously done me some good as the initial wash for the sandstone cliffs went on really well yesterday and I built it up into some respectable looking rocks today adding fishing rods, people and whatnot at the end. I think I could tidy it up some more but as an experiment it’s very satisfying as is – it’s only a small piece so there’s not much room for fine detail… and it’s another one that I may come back to some day at a larger scale.

Sunshine, Clouds and Sea…

Maroubra Cliffs (Watercolour)

Maroubra Cliffs (Watercolour)

I decided to ignore my half finished puppy picture today and jump into something completely different, with the aim of trying to recover some of the spontaneity and fun of painting.

I’ve always been fascinated (almost obsessed) with skies and clouds and have spent many hours trying to capture them in photographs and paint. I thought it would be therapeutic to paint a sky today, something fairly simple overall, with some sea and cliffs underneath – an exercise manipulating paint, and also in leaving it alone (ha, never!). This is the first wash of sky and sea, which is promising even though it came out a bit lighter than expected.