Thursday, 24 November 2011

'Beacon Cove, Torquay'

Rocks again! Another demo from a recent painting workshop on the subject of 'Torbay Seascapes'.
I'm fortunate enough to live quite close to some impressive coastal scenery where the rocks are a beautiful red. This painting started with an all-over wash, mixing colours on the paper, wet-in-wet. Once dry, I built the painting up in wet-on-dry washes, from light to dark.

I think the rock on the right looks like some kind of sea monster, rising from the sea.

Friday, 4 November 2011

'Art Materials Live'

Yesterday I caught the train to NEC, Birmingham, to take part in Art Materials Live. I was invited by Matt and Gill, from Cheddar Painting Holidays, where I will be running a course next May.
I arrived on the first day of the show and it was very busy! I didn't get there until 11am but I managed to do a couple of demonstration paintings. This one took up most of my time there and shows a view of Cheddar Gorge. The painting measure 15x22" (half Imperial) and the paper was Saunders Waterford Rough, 200lb.
I used my large mop brush for most of the painting, resorting to my rigger for just a few branches at the end. I used 5 colours in all: Cobalt blue, Light red, Alizarin crimson, Raw sienna and Permanent yellow light.