Friday, 31 August 2012

Swans on the river



On one of our recent walks along what is known as the Tarka Trail near Barnstaple,  I took a few photos. It was the former railway line which closed years ago as part of the Beeching cuts (click the link to read about that, if you are interested) - it must have been a lovely trip as the rail line followed the river.

Not a good day for photos unfortunately as it was so cloudy, but never the less I thought I would share them with you


those clouds were really threatening!
(if anyone wants to use these photos for paintings then please go ahead)






Having seen the swans, when I got home I decided to do a sketch - starting with a light background first  (Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue mixed to a pale wash)...


when that layer had dried I went over with a darker mix of the same colours






Still a few touches to do here and there, but mainly this is it done.....just a sketch, but it was fun to do and reminds me of our walk.

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Happy Painting Everyone







54 comments:

  1. Hi Ann - Great piccies especially the raspberry one. Were you tempted to pick any? Love the swan sketch. I'm hopeless with sketches. I see the first few washes and then give up as it doesn't look like anything. I forget that the finishing touches are what make a sketch or painting come alive sometimes, just like your swan. Happy PPF (now you've got me doing it too... lol)

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    1. Hi Laura - yes I was tempted with the raspberries!...resisted though as I thought they may not all be completely ripe! Do hope my sketch has given you encouragement to have a go with sketching more, you are so right that it is the final touches which make all the difference and getting the contrasts.

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  2. Oooh, I think those cloud photos are lovely! Your swan looks great Ann, I love how you use watercolors...

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  3. Have a fantastic Friday Ann and we loved the swans.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Glad you liked the swans Molly - I expect you would have chased them like William wanted to!

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  4. your swan is lovely and it is so generous of you to allow people to paint your wonderful photos... I am sure someone will be happy to paint them...xx

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    1. Thanks Tracey - yes, I hope someone will use the photos.

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  5. I have not seen a black swan in real life... love your painting and was wowed when scrolling down and first saw the photo. Great pics, I don't think I could do the clouds - I love them though!
    cheers, dana

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    1. I like the black swans best of all Dana, they look so elegant.

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  6. Exquisite photography and your creation is divine! ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  7. Beautiful sketch and watercolor! Thanks for sharing how you built it up!

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  8. Nice work on the texture of the swan's feathers! The sky looked great in the photos.

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  9. You are getting perfect with your new camera, Ann! I like the photos very much, especially the first one!
    As always, your sketch is very good!!!
    Warm regards.

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  10. Thanks very much Carolyn, Joan and Konstantina (:

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  11. Thank you for sharing your photos and loving your black swan. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  12. Hi Ann, beautiful photos and beautiful sketch too, your swan is really lovely. Ciao!

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  13. What a lovely black swan. It is so nice to take a photo walk even when the sky isn't brilliantly blue. Happy PPF

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  14. Ann, your photos were wonderful. It really made me want to get to the beach or some type of water very soon. Your sketch was also beautiful. Thank you for offering your pictures. I have a feeling they will be a great inspiration to many, including me.

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    1. Many thanks Netty, Tito, Marji and Ginny - glad you like the pics. Certainly hope they can inspire - Happy Painting everyone (:

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  15. Love that combination of Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue in your painting!
    Wonderful!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  16. Lovey pictures, lovely sketch!

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  17. Very pretty!! Happy ppf!

    Hugs Giggles

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  18. Love love love your photography, the sky really looks threatening. And the swan is soo beautifully painted. I am also hopeless at sketching and absolutely horrendous at painting with watercolours. I don't know ow you do it but I do k is you are very very talented. Looking forward to seeing more of your art. Big fan.
    I am a twelve year old who just started a blog and would love for you to drop by.

    www.anartisticheart.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello Hadiyah, nice to see somebody so young enjoying photography and art. Glad you stopped by my blog.

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  19. The picture with the berries is awesome, and I like how your swan turned out, thanks for sharing!

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  20. Beautiful work. I am loving cloud photos at the moment, especially coming out of winter I have captured some very dramatic looking clouds. The swan is gorgeous. Love the painting and seeing a peek of your process.

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    1. There's just something special about these black swans, they are a delight to see.

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  22. Lovely black swan, beautiful! Happy PPF!

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  23. Oh lovely post. I love the photos and the painting , I love swans :) Im your new follower ^.^
    I blog about art too, welcome to follow me back:
    http://purelyenchanted.blogspot.com/
    Thanks!
    XoXo

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    1. Hi Dana - thanks for stopping by and joining - I'm now your newest Follower (: yay.

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  24. Beautiful photos and lovely painted sketch xx

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  25. Swans are simply the most elegant creatures...you have captured that elegance beautifully. I am jealous of your beautiful scenery too.

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  26. Great photo's and great sketch. ;-)

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  27. Love your photography and love your sketch!

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  28. Those top two sky photos are just fantastic! So inspiring. Lovely bird painting too.

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  29. You are new to me. Where do you live that the river looks like an ocean? The clouds are fantastic, I'm always taking pictures of clouds. I love the swan and that you told how you painted him. I have joined a Plein Air group meeting on Friday mornings all over the area. I need to focus on my sketch skills. I am a new follower. Blessings, Janet PPF

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    1. Hi Janet, It's actually an river that goes from Barnstaple in North Devon. Good idea to join a Plein Air group, you can learn so much from others and it is enjoyable to be sketching with fellow artists too.

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  30. Thanks Nora (:

    Thanks Daniele (:

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