Friday, 2 May 2014

Devon cottage - watercolour + Paint Party Friday

Having had the Saunders Waterford pad for such a long time and not really using it,  I'm now finding it good fun .... I did this little painting the other day and after adding more layers of detail, it's time to share it with you.  I say, painting - I should say Sketch.  With the work in this spiral pad, I'm using it all for reference and experiment in preparation for larger watercolour paintings one day.


Again, I used my mop brushes - of which I have several...


As the mop brushes soak up so much paint, I prepare paint in small dishes as well as my palettes. So glad I kept these dishes from desserts - why throw away something this useful...



Today I'm linking with


with Thanks to EVA & Kristin our hosts.

I hope you will stop by Paint Party Friday and 

see all the art work there.

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54 comments:

  1. Your water colour painting is beautiful, love the colours, too. Valerie

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  2. Beautiful painting Ann. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. Wonderful painting!! I'm the same! I always look at containers as potential paint holders!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. I'm always on the look out for containers, lol

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  4. Just catching up Ann - I realise this blog isn't on my sidebar so I've been missing lots of stuff. I love EVERYTHING you've done in your pad! I wish I had the confidence to use those lovely big splashy brushes. I need time but there never seems to be enough of it. Here comes another long weekend where I become social secretary again. sigh. Brilliant idea with what look like Bonne Maman creme brulee dishes! x

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    1. It's a case of 'just have a go' Em. Wonderful if you haven't a lot of time too...as you Get On With It, and splash on the paint.

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  5. Lovely watercolour. those paintbrushes look very interesting. Thank you for sharing your art
    http://agagasiniak.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Aga, these brushes do all the work for you, really pleased I have them.

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  6. Great little painting Ann. Lovely and loose. Love the recycling idea. I noticed Jennibellie link on left. I didn't get it to work. I will have to try again.

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    1. Thanks Laura. Just checked my Jennibellie link. Click the TOP PORTION to get to her page. The bottom part says JOIN if you decide to get involved in it too.

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  7. what a beautiful countryside painting. it looks so serene :)

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  8. It's a gorgeous painted sketch! Really pretty and very well captured. :)

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  9. what a pretty scene Ann. It sure takes a good eye and much talent to create watercolor sketches like this. Happy PPF!

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    1. Thanks Linda. It really is a case of following a few basic rules in composition. I've been thinking of doing a little video of a similar painting perhaps.

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  10. wonderful sketches Ann ...I love these sketchbooks

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    1. Thanks Jane.....I'm so glad I rediscovered this book :-)

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  11. Hi Ann! This is another Ann! (I think there are three or four Ann's I've seen around PPF, all without the E - so you know, wonderful and correct girls, all! Ha!)

    Your watercolor is just lovely, and I am incredibly impressed with the control you achieve with those mop brushes! The sense of depth and general lushness here is wonderful. Whatever the reason, I find the back row of trees absolutely enchanting.

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    1. Hi Ann with no E! We must stick together you know. Anyway, they do say too many E's are bad for us, lol. Thanks for your kind words about the sketch :-)

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  12. Yes, I love this beautiful watercolor, beautiful landscape ....!

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  13. I`d love to have a go with mop brushes. I`ll look out for some.
    Your painting is so fresh and bright. Do you mix your greens?

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    1. Try the SAA (Society for All Artists) here's a link to their mop brushes:
      http://www.saa.co.uk/brushes/watercolour-brushes/da-vinci-watercolour-brushes/da-vinci-series-418-brushes
      Yes, I usually mix my greens. Depending on the tone I want, the combination I use can vary. I experiment first to see what works for the painting I'm doing at the time...but generally, I use
      French Ultramarine Blue and Cadmium Yellow. I sometimes use Hookers Green+Burnt Sienna or Prussian Blue+Burnt Sienna, these combos make a very nice Dark green.

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  14. such beautiful work you do, and recycling is the way to go for sure, have a great weekend!

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  15. Very nice and love the color saturation. I, too, am amazed the the control you have with the mops. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Joy, because I've different sizes of mop, I can use the one that works best with the painting I'm doing...that's where the control comes from...a lot of people use a brush that is too big for what they are trying to paint :-)

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  16. your watercolor painting is so lovely!

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  17. Amazing what you do with a 'mop'! :)

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    1. LOL..this sort of mop is much more fun to use ;)

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  18. Oh Grief, this is a great water color picture (painted yellow, it might be my cottage I'm still looking for >_>) I love the brushes and yes, I repurpose things for my art too, especially little jello cups). Thanks for the visit. BTW, I stopped by the Irish cow, loved it. Blessings Janet PPF

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    1. Thanks Janet. Glad I'm not the only person to keep things for using in art :-)

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  19. Your houses are charming,

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  20. Your watercolor is beautiful. I'm glad you are sharing your work!! That paper looks like fun!

    Happy paint part Friday!
    Tam http://cardmakingartists.com

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    1. Thanks Tam. The paper is making all the difference to these loose paintings :-)

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  21. WOW!
    I wish I could paint like this with watercolors - your little sketch is stunning!

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    1. Thanks Marianne. The mop brushes, rough paper I'm using and Lots of prepared paint are the key :-)

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  22. What a charming scene - you do well with your mop brushes. Love how you repurposed the dessert dish

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    1. Thanks so much....I think my mop brushes are my favourites at the moment :-)

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  23. Beautiful country sketching Ann !
    I am going to peek in on the paint party now.

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  24. That is lovely Ann. Fun to try or finally get around trying new equipment. :) and yes good save those bowls. Its such a wasteful world its nice to be able to re-purpose things. :)

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    1. Thanks Cris, glad you like it :-)

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  25. Wow this is beautiful. I love the colors and the theme. Well done!
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  26. Lovely paint sketch. I really does make me think of Devon where I was brought up for a large part of my childhood. Still miss it a little.

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    1. Thanks Jez. Well, it is still here should you get this way one day. Meanwhile, I'll keep painting scenes from it :-)

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