Saturday, 17 September 2016

'Iford Bridge and the Stour'

I paid a visit to the Epsom & Ewell Art Group on Wednesday evening and did this demonstration painting. The Iford Bridge, near Christchurch, Dorset, spans the River Stour and has four arches but, from this angle, I could only see two. I've painted the bridge several times but usually from the other side.
This is known as the 'old bridge'. Built from Purbeck stone, it is now pedestrianised. The new bridge (1932) is about 200 metres upstream, and now takes the traffic.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

A few demonstration paintings...

My most recent painting holiday was at Art Holidays in Dorset. We were fortunate enough to have some good weather, which meant my group of ten experienced some outdoor painting at several locations.
In the evening though, I did some watercolour demonstrations in the studio. The painting above is a view by the lake at St Fagan's, near Cardiff.

Above: Ruins at Margam Park, S.Wales

Above: Bigbury Bay, Devon
In this painting I used a very rough watercolour paper (Jackson's Eco). The paper is handmade and has a very different feel and look to the Bockingford paper I used for the other two. Colours appear to be more intense, even though I used the same limited palette of 5 colours* for all three. I like to try different papers from time to time, and some papers suit different subjects. I think I'll probably use this one again.

*Cobalt blue, Alizarin crimson, Raw sienna, Aureolin yellow & Burnt sienna

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Painting at Slapton Ley, Devon

Above: Painting at Dartington Hall

Just returned from a weeks painting at Slapton Ley FSC. We painted at various locations in and around Slapton and experienced a whole week without rain... a first, I think. 
Below are some images from the week...

Above: Dartington Hall

Above: Painting at Torcross

Above: Haytor, Dartmoor

Above: My sketch of Haytor

Above: Classroom demo

Monday, 8 August 2016

Sketches from S. Wales

Some sketches from a recent course at Margam FSC in S. Wales. Weather was pretty varied, but we managed to get out to a few great locations including Caswell Bay, Aberdulais Falls and Dunraven Bay.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Ripples and Reflections

Another little demo, in monotone, from my recent course at Boscombe. The ripples have the effect of elongating the reflection. 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

'Controlled Wash' demo

Here's a demonstration painting from the last day of my most recent course at Art Holidays in Dorset. When I can, I like to use the ,controlled wash, watercolour technique, as described by Jack Merriott in his book 'Discovering Watercolour'. The first wash is applied to wet paper, the colours being allowed to blend wet-in-wet on the surface. While the wash is wet, the paint can be moved around and allowed to create a soft, foundation wash. Once it has dried, a further wash or two can then be applied to dry paper.
This method of painting creates an atmospheric feel to the whole painting, and that first wash influences whatever transparent washes you place afterwards. It's a really good technique for depicting sunny scenes, as here.
I usually stretch the paper beforehand but here I simply used masking tape around the edges of a quarter sheet of 200lb Bockingford.

'Step Outside'

The August issue of Leisure Painter is now in the shops, which includes part two of my article: 'Step Outside'.