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..
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...
...it 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!
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...
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.