Friday, 22 May 2015

The coming of Spring

One of the still life demonstrations I painted this week. It was lovely to meet painters in Baginton and in Evesham and nice that they were so appreciative.
Now it is a quiet day at home catching up with things and plenty of...

Friday, 15 May 2015

The lushness of May

The lushness of May
Back to a small sketchbook during a footpath ramble this morning and I wanted to try and convey the lushness of the moment where nature is bursting with energy and nobody has yet tried to cut anything down. Having made this small sketch I am hoping to use the information gathered to paint a slightly more 'finished' watercolour.
Looking forward to going to Baginton Art Group on Tuesday and Evesham Arts Society on Wednesday to present a demonstration still life. A sneak preview of part of what I shall be doing is below..

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Over the road

Over the road
watercolour on paper
5.75 x 7.75 inches
(10 x 12inches mounted)
A little from the window of the village hall where I hold my weekly classes.
The colours are so fresh at this time of year.
As I finished and cleared up the class stuff and loaded the car, spots of rain began to fall.

Friday, 8 May 2015

A change in the landscape

This continues to be in my shiny moleskine which is really good for pen and ink, but not so much for watercolour except for a little "spot" colour  like this. Anything else just runs off and anything left behind also has a tendency to seep through to the other side of the page.

Which is why... was so lovely to go out this morning with a moleskine full of watercolour paper and be able to flood some washes onto the page.

The landscape is changing. A week ago the hedgerows were full of frothy blossom and a general air of expectancy of a summer soon to come. Today the blossom is mostly gone and the ground has suddenly become overrun by equally frothy cow-parsley, chest high in places. A field of yellow dandelions has become a field of white dandelion seed heads.

The political landscape is changing too. Let us hope there really will be sunshine to come!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Change in the weather

                      Now the weather has reverted to the usual Springtime mix of wind and rain there are only a few hardy souls prepared to brave the conditions. No one looks very happy - even the ducks are a bit put out at the lack of bread that is usually on offer. Maybe the general election is also adding to the gloom...

Friday, 1 May 2015

Red Tulips

Red Tulips on the allotment.
I pass the allotments, or rather one of the allotments in the village most days when I walk to the shops. Not much happening above ground at the moment. I am trying out a different Moleskine sketchbook which has a shinier ivory coloured paper, although it doesn't look like it here. I'd read that it was pointless trying to use watercolour with it, but maybe if it's applied slightly drier than usual it might be all right. Anyway I'll give it a try out. Shame about the barrow, but as I went straight in with ink there wasn't much I could do...
It's a holiday weekend this weekend, so although I may well be sketching I may not be blogging for a while.