Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Recent Watercolour Demonstrations

I've been away quite a bit on painting courses lately, particularly at Art Holidays in Dorset. As such, I've accumulated several demonstration pieces, which I have posted here...


















Above 'At the Foot of the Castle, Christchurch'


















Above 'Bayard's Cove, Dartmouth'


















Above 'Cod Rock and Mew Stone from Berry Head'

























Above 'The Guildhall, Totnes'


















Above 'Iford Bridge'


















Above 'River Stour at Tuckton'

I'll be tutoring another 5-night course at Boscombe again from tomorrow.

Monday, 2 March 2015

'The Guildhall, Totnes'



































I painted this view of the Guildhall this morning. I took a photo after completing the mid-tone wash, to give an idea of how the painting is put together. Once this was dry, I put all the darks in, which pull the painting together.



Wednesday, 11 February 2015

'Roquefixade, France'


















This is Roquefixade, in the Ariege region of France. We were here a couple of years ago. The weather wasn't great for that week but, on this day, it was fine. 
My painting is of the village at the foot of the cliffs. At the top though, is the Chateau de Roquefixade, a ruined castle.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

'View from Berry Head, Torbay'


















This is a view I know pretty well. Berry Head, which is what I'm standing on, is a headland at the southern tip of Torbay. It is a national nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It's also a nice place to paint.



Friday, 30 January 2015

'Horse's Head, from Elgin Marbles'


















Last year we spent some time in London and decided to visit the British Museum. Initially, we went there for the Viking exhibition. However, the Elgin Marbles were also on show, so we also had a look at these impressive historic pieces. I thought this one would make a good study of light and shade.

Monday, 26 January 2015

'Catch Me If You Can'


















I spotted this little dog on the local beach one morning, running rings around its owner. In this painting I wanted to capture the movement as it dashed across the sand, and its lively character.

Friday, 23 January 2015

'Durle Stone from Berry Head'


















This scene is just a few miles south from us, Berry Head being at the southern tip of Torbay. It is a very rugged part of the coastline here, with tall cliffs and lots of hidden coves. There are many views worth painting along here. I've even brought painting groups here.