Day 79: Dry Stone Wall

Dry Stone Wall (Watercolour)

Dry Stone Wall (Watercolour)

Just a few more steps have brought this painting to a stage where I think I can now comfortably leave it.

The second tree has been completed and the stone wall on the right has had a touch-up on the cracks between the stones to strengthen the contrast. There have been a few grasses added here and there and a distracting accidental shadow line has (hopefully) been removed from the far wall and trees – if you saw it previously you’ll know what I mean 😉

Apologies to all my friends in the UK who are sick of the sight of snow, I’ll try and steer away from it as a subject for a while. I can’t promise how long it will be though… I have already been tempted by some great snowy photos that a friend has taken in rural North Wales.

Day 77: Dry Stone Wall

Dry Stone Wall (Watercolour)

Dry Stone Wall (Watercolour)

I decided to return to the dry stone wall and Silver Birch trees to add a bit more…. there’s now some additional shading under the far wall, the masking has been removed (without any problem) and the near tree has been filled in – although it may be a little too heavy for a Silver Birch tree.

So, there’s one more tree to complete and some shadows to add across the snow, and hopefully that will pull it all together.

It’s very odd to be painting snow scenes while it’s still 20 degrees outside over here, but then it never really gets cold enough in Sydney to snow…. perhaps that’s why I miss it so much 🙂

It is becoming more Autumnal here, with colder mornings, but so far we’re still having lots of sunshine so I’ve no complaints. I’m looking out for new subject matter and not sure what we’re going to get as the Seasons change. Maybe the subject matter should take a change too, away from flowers and landscapes? Who knows, I follow my nose in these things, I just hope something will grab me by tomorrow!

Day 69: Dry Stone Wall continued

Dry Stone Wall (Watercolour)

Dry Stone Wall (Watercolour)

I hear there’s yet more snow on the way for the UK… what an amazing winter it’s been over there! I only remember a few really snowy winters during my life, and have to say that I feel just a little bit cheated that I’ve missed so much snow since I left. I love walking through snowy fields, the silence that it brings with only the crunch of your own footsteps!

Rose coloured specs, I know 🙂 I have good memories of crisp whiteness and quiet solitude, and I’m deliberately ignoring the sloppy grey mess of thawing, the danger of re-frozen pavements and roads and the totally mind-numbing cold… have I mentioned I hate being cold?

While I have my eye in with regards rock I’ve put some more detail on the dry stone wall today. It took a while to get going and unfortunately the right hand wall has suffered a bit as a result – a bit grubby and overworked rather than just shadowed. Otherwise, I’m quite surprised it looks as good as it does, it was rather a struggle to work out what I was doing at first.

I think in future I would paint the stones before adding the dark lines between them, I found the order this time made it hard work as the contrast between stone and gap was too harsh.

Day 61: Dry Stone Wall, Day 3

Dry Stone Wall (Watercolour)

Dry Stone Wall (Watercolour)

I’m afraid I’m cutting it fine again tonight and I’m under pressure, already getting heckled for not publishing yet 🙂 I’m sorry, It’s been a very long day, but here we are at last…

There have been various additions to this piece today: the main stone wall now has shadow lines where the stones meet, we have a new wall in the background, and the trees have had a darker wash. This is shaping up to be my most complex composition so far and I think it’s going to require quite a bit more work too, with some detail and plenty more depth to the foreground wall at the very least.

We’re actually getting out of Sydney for the weekend (it’s harder than you think!) and spending the weekend in the Hunter Valley visiting our favourite vineyard, Catherine Vale, so I’ve been setting my tablet up to make posts from, and making sure I can paint digitally, at least – I will probably pack a small watercolour painting kit as well, however, experience has shown me that it almost never gets used. I’ll have to see how distracted I get by everything, or whether I can manage to focus for 30 minutes on the stunning 100km view from the veranda of our rental cottage 😉

Day 60: Dry Stone Wall Part Two

Dry Stone Wall (Watercolour)

Dry Stone Wall (Watercolour)

I’ve just noticed that yesterday’s post doesn’t appear to have sent… I hope I’m wrong, but I can’t see any record of a newsletter going out last night, sorry! Hopefully you’ll get a double one tonight, if not you only missed the first stage of today’s post anyway and you can catch up on the website if you need to 🙂 .

Had a smashing day today catching up with my good friend Moira (also an artist) and visiting some nearby galleries at Dank St, it was very inspirational! I also got home with enough time to paint for an hour or so before heading out again to a comedy show tonight – that could be the perfect day!

So, if you got yesterday’s post, you’ll see I did change the masking of the branches across the upper middle section. They could still be improved, but I’m happier with them now than I was. I’ve put in a suggestion of background trees, as per the Dermot Cavanagh demonstration, but still haven’t managed to lift any branches out of it while it was damp. I’m thinking it’s because I’m trying to make tiny marks – Dermot’s paper was quite a bit bigger….

I’ve also splashed in a base wash for the stone wall at the front, which is lovely and warm with shades of Raw Sienna and Light Red with small touches of Ultramarine. I’m quite looking forward to the next stage, which will probably be a light wash on a second wall in the middle distance as well as more detail on the front wall.