6 Aug 2013

A Castle and a Chapel


Continuing my mixed media play, I've done this little painting of Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland.
Much photographed and painted I've joined the merry band of artists capturing it...




Prussian Blue watercolour wash and

when dry I added soft pastels.

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For this next painting I used Shading Pastels
from White through Pale Grey to Darker Grey

I started this by doing a pale grey wash over the whole page
and leaving it to dry completely.....

Chapel on the hill at Ilfracombe Harbour


Quite liked the soft misty effect with this one,
the hint of buildings and boats.











36 comments:

  1. your paintings always make me wish i could just pick up and go to these places...they always looks so amazing.

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    1. Thanks Sue, At least the Internet is a great way to travel :)

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  2. These are beautiful, Ann. My daughter attended a university called Chapel Hill. I wonder now if that's where the name came from. ( it's in North Carolina)

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    1. Thanks Lynn. Could be that's how the Uni got it's name :)

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  3. These are absolutely lovely Ann. Don't get me wrong....I love your William ones, but these are truly beautiful.

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    1. Thanks so much Em. It has all been a bit of an experiment with a background wash and then soft pastels for the subject, and to my surprise I'm enjoying doing this.

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  4. Love your subject matters and what you did with them. I really am drawn to the gray toned one for some reason. I can feel a foggy day or how the moors would be. Or are moors.. however you spell that.. are them at the coast?

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    1. Thanks Cris. Yes they are Moors. On Exmoor parts of it go down to the sea over dramatic cliffs, but with Dartmoor that is inland. :)

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  5. These are lovely - so atmospheric!
    Thank you for following my blog!

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  6. Oooh! I really love the chapel on the hill, so soft and wonderful feeling. Very interesting technique with the first one, I've never thought of combining those two medias, but you did it beautifully!

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    1. Thanks Lisa. I've found this fun working these two mediums together.

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    2. These are so cool! I think you've invented a new art form! ♥

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    3. Thanks Robin, it's a surprise mixed media to me too and I only found it by chance, :)

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  7. Such beautiful, delicate work. I love seeing your art. I'd love to visit these places one day.

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    1. Thanks Sandy. The soft pastels worked a treat, I loved using them.

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  8. Both of these are nice. The last one reminds me a lot of the effect you can get with water-soluble pencils.

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    1. Thanks Joan, yes it is rather like water-soluble pencil.

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  9. This is beautiful. I love how you painted the blue of the sea. Lovely! :)

    I hope you can follow my work too!

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    1. Thanks Carla....I'll be stopping by your blog today.

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  10. Such wonderful paintings. I love the reflections on the first one and the second is so atmospheric.
    Sue x

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    1. Thanks Sue. I liked how the second one turned out too. The black and white shading pastels were really useful in this.

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  11. Love the 'zen' like qualities of both your paintings ~ so much visioned with so little ~ Wow~ thanks, Ann, ~ wishing you the best in the day ~ xxxoo

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    1. Thanks so much. Hope you are having a wonderful day too :)

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  12. Great idea to add those pastels! It works really well with the watercolour.

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  13. Wow, Ann, the castle looks like I remember it when we were there many, many years ago. Beautiful painting. I also like your mysterious painting of the chapel.

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    1. Thanks so much Faye. It's lovely that you have actually seen this Castle :)

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  14. Hi Ann, thanks a lot for your kind comment on my last post.
    Both of these are really wonderful. I love the the suggestive and magic atmosphere of both paintings. Ciao!

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  15. Both these paintings are so delightful. I like the way you've showed different moods with some subtle changes in style and the colours you've used. Have a great weekend Ann.

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    1. Thanks Jerry, adding pastels has proved better than I thought it would :)

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  16. I just knew that first painting was in Scotland the minute I saw it! I have seen that very castle. I am just enjoying your art!
    sandy

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    1. Thanks very much Sandy. You are lucky to have actually seen this Castle, I hope to one of these days :)

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