25 Feb 2013

Loose watercolours






Still playing with my new squirrel mop brushes, I have done these two quick paintings.  The mop brushes have proved ideal for loose work, they seem to 'make' you work loose...that's great for me, just the effect I want.     The first painting with the yacht, of course, had some details put in with a smaller brush, but they really were just 'finishing off' bits.  This second painting...well,  hope you can see that it is a tree.  Just did this from imagination with Lots of paint prepared.  It gives the impression of a tree on a hillside with the light coming from the left, hopefully.  I waited for the first wash of paint to dry completely and then went over with a slightly stronger tone, but didn't want to over do it.


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27 comments:

  1. Those are great. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  2. beautiful! I found making my work loose was the hardest to achieve and I found my moppy brushes were just the ticket to nmake it possible, there was no way to keep it tight with a big brush, I like what you have done, they are beautiful!

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  3. These sketches are nice but I know I couldn't do anything so quick and loose. I tried watercolours only once and decided it wasn't for me, but perhaps I should have another go one day.

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    1. You should give it a go again. Just a simple set of colours is enough to start off with and the more you do them the easier it gets. You may find you really enjoy this medium too :)

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    2. There's a beginner's watercolour course that I could sign up for, but although I like the teacher very much, and she is actually a personal friend, I don't really like her work, (ooops hope she doesn't read this) so I'm staying away at the moment. Just concentrating on the acrylics right now. BTW thanks for the encouragement! Glad you like the pictures so far.

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  4. I really love the one with the boat. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I think I like having a little drawing in the looseness.

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  5. Lovely! I`m always far too tight with watercolours. I`ll look out for moppy brushes and give them a try. The watery effect gives a soft, peaceful feel to your paintings.

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    1. I know what you mean, I tend to paint tight too, even now. It's the mop brushes that changed all that :)

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  6. Both are wonderful! Especially the second one. :) And it's a lovely tree. I want to stroll up the hillside, sit under the tree and munch an apple...

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  7. I always learn something when I come here! I was not familiar with 'loose watercolours' and did some googling. I didn't immediately see the tree, but I did when you pointed it out.

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    1. Thanks Christine. A very good artist doing loose watercolours is Vinita Pappas. You can find her here

      http://www.create38.com/category/free-lessons/

      Take a look at her website just highlight the above http code and paste it.

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    2. Thanks Ann, I just spent 9 minutes watching her paint!

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  8. I was excited to see the title to this post! I like your loose paintings the best!

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  9. So few brush strokes on the boat picture but so affective. I love it Ann

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    1. Thanks Paul, it's all in those mop brushes, lol.

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  10. The sky on the boat picture is very lovely and magical looking. Beautiful painting!

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  11. Anne these are great loose sketches. Interesting to hear your opinion of squirrel mop brushes. I think I'm too sloppy in general that they make me even sloppier... lol I suppose that is the beauty of Art we all find our way with it. Keep Enjoying!!!

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    1. Thanks Laura. They do have a nice point, so detail isn't too difficult with them. I love experimenting with different brushes though and although some people say you can work with only 4 or 5 brushes, I cannot resist buying and trying new ones. lol.

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  12. I wish I could master watercolour - the loose washes are so wonderful and lend themselves perfectly to land and sea scapes. These are lovely.

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    1. Thanks Nic. I think a lot of people find watercolours difficult, but they are actually very forgiving. Surprising what clean water and a tissue can rescue sometimes! lol.

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  13. Keep playing! I always love the results.

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