Thursday, 18 May 2017

Visit to Normandy - Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei, also the Loire Valley

Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei is a beautiful village in the Normandy area of "Alpes Mancelle".  Many artists have painted there and to this day painters can be seen in and around the village capturing the picturesque houses and surrounding countryside.  Here is my rendition of the Auberge des Soeurs Moisy.

Auberge des Soeurs Noisy

And here is another one which I have just painted - the town in Loche in the Loire Valley

Monday, 15 May 2017

Victorian villas in Brighton

This is our daughter's house in Brighton.

Victorian house Brighton

This house is very near our daughter's house.  Everytime I pass it I am impressed with the turrets and other parts of the structure and also the beautiful way it has been maintained and painted.

Victorian Villa, Brighton

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Churning them out

I've got quite obsessed with producing these 10" by 7" small paintings at the moment and have done 12 of them in the last month which is good going for me.  I know some people paint every day, but my busy schedule makes it difficult fit in even more time with the watercolours.

I'm using Bockingford paper but have just heard that Winsor and Newton have introduced a new "Professional" range of papers in pads and blocks so I've ordered one of these.  Its a rag-based paper which is a bit over the top for these drawings but I like trying new products and will enjoy experimenting with it when it arrives later in the week.

In the meantime here are my latest two paintings, in both of which the subjects are French.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Palette adjustments and two more paintings

I seem to be going through a process of refining my selection of colours.  The basics stay the same

French ultramarine, Ceurlean blue, Raw sienna, Raw umber, Burnt umber, Winsor yellow, Lemon yellow, Light red, Sap green.

Recent additions are:

Buff Titanium (Daniel Smith) - a colour I find incredibly useful for buildings and stonework.

Perylene green (Daniel Smith) - a really dark green which is useful for those dark shadows you find within tree forms.

I use a few other paints as "spot colours" - for highlighting or adding small details such as items of clothing or objects in windows.

Here is a photo of my palette as I use it in a paintbox with half pans.  I also have a tube version.

I've done a couple of paintings since my last post.

The first is Deutsches Eck ("German Corner") which is the name of a headland in Koblenz, Germany, where the Mosel river joins the Rhine. it became known for a monumental equestrian statue of William I, first German Emperor, erected in 1897 in appreciation of his merits in the unification of Germany: it was destroyed in World War II and only the plinth was preserved as a memorial. Following German reunification, a replica of the statue was erected on the pedestal after controversial discussions in 1993. It is today a Koblenz landmark and a popular tourist destination.

The second is a couple of houses in my local town of Lewes in East Sussex.  I experimented with Lunar Black here on the dark house frontage (mixed with raw umber) to bring some granulation to the brick work.  

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

A book and two paintings

I'm loving looking through Wil Freeborn's book, Learn to Paint in Watercolour with 50 small paintings.

Although aimed at beginners, there's plenty in it for more experienced painters and in any case, as with all these books, its enough to find inspiration in looking at the work of another artist.

Wil has a really nice website and flickr photostream too.

I've been continuing with my series of 10" by 7" small paintings of buildings.  This time I tackled a National Trust property Mottisfont Abbey and also a branch of Waterstone's bookshop in my local town of Lewes, East Sussex.  The Abbey painting was sketched out in pencil first whereas the bookshop painting is line and wash.

Mottisfont Abbey

Waterstone's bookshop, Lewes

Friday, 21 April 2017

Virtual Paintout April 2017

On the website, Virtual Paintout, participants are invited to paint between one and three painting based on Google Streetview photos from a country selected for each month.  Many painters think, "What shall I paint?" and this provides an interesting sideline to the usual subjects of local scenes and still-lifes.

This month the country is Tunisia and because Streetview is rather sparse in that country, it took me quite a while to find suitable sujects.  However, I eventually found a mosque in Kairouan and a hair-stylist in Ariana.

Underneath each painting, I've included the original screen captures from Streetview and also the two links to Streetview.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Line and wash, Millennium Green, Seaford

 When you go and look at it you realise how nice it is. As an artist I tend to go round looking for scenes to paint and this makes me notice things other people miss.  This is a quiet corner of my home town which few people seem to know about..