Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Watercolour WIP

I started this as a Work in Progress, but only added it to Facebook.  Incidentally although I have the Sketching William fb page, I also have one for my sketches/paintings called Ann The Sketcher - it's my way of keeping the William sketches completely separate.

Anyhoos, back to the point of this post.  The work in progress started like this -


again, using the Saunders Waterford spiral pad.  As you see I splashed on lots of colours here and there.  A little kitchen roll at the top took out the clouds.  All added on pre-wet paper, so lots of fun dropping the colours in. 

When this totally and completely dried I added some detail and the final sketch ends up like this:



'Resting by the estuary'

This sketchbook is proving very useful, 
I'm using this technique to
experiment in readiness for
future paintings to be framed.





20 comments:

  1. Fascinating to see how blobs of color become an actual painting. Is this a plein air or are you working from a photograph? your imagination?

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    1. I know...it was fun to add the blobs of colour. That with the clear water I had already put on the paper, it sort of painted by itself. I did a couple of quick sketches whilst we were out on our walk and also took photos, then worked on the painting at home :-)

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  2. Beautiful work.
    Best regards!

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  3. Amazing how these unfold with such vibrant color ~ beautiful.

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  4. Fantastic use of your sketchbook. I carry one with me but these days, don't do much with it any more. This is great inspiration. I love your wet in wet technique. Fabulous.

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  5. Ann, this came out really lovely! I like the fuzzy look to the background and the foreground detail. Nice work on that boat!!

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    1. Thanks Joan. I like the background too, I think it focuses the eye on the detail of the boat. This sketchbook of drawings is proving very useful for practice and ideas which I can work from for more formal paintings in the future...so glad I rediscovered this sketchbook after ages of it sitting in my art room.

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  6. That looks so easy but I know from previous attempts that mine never turn out anywhere as good as yours! Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah, but really it is just practice. Perhaps I should do a little video of a similar scene to show how easy it can be.

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  7. Wonderful paintings, Ann. I really need to take some lessons so I can get better.

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    1. Thanks Faye. I would encourage you to join lessons, I take the occasional Workshop and they help tremendously.

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  8. Ann, these watercolors are just gorgeous. I love your multi-colored washes. And thank you for sharing the different steps!

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    1. Thanks Margaret, it's fun painting this way, very relaxing :-)

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