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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

St Abbs 2

Two black ink drawing on 20 x 16 inch canvas drawn early on Wednesday and Thursday morning sitting on the harbour just after the sun rose.
Sketch on 20 x 16 board drawn from a photo.

Tissue paper added then watercolour which was then washed off  and acrylic highlights applied.
Acrylic added to first drawing at the Deerness Art group on Sunday. More work required- people and seagulls to add.

Thumb nail sketches in ballpoint pen

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Week in St Abbs Berwickshire Scotland

Started keeping a diary with thumbnail sketches done in Biro instead of the detail pencil drawings      ( although I did do 4 pencil drawings).

Saturday walk into St Abbs and Sunday walk passed the lighthouse anti clockwise.

Two pencil drawings on the lighthouse walk

Friday, 7 April 2017

Workshop with Judy Hirst - Lanchester Thursday Art Group

Painting on supplied paper and mount for a window size of 4.5 x 6 inches. Light weight paper which buckled on applying the first washes. The designs of Lindisfarne birds added using black and graphite pens and coloured.
I was not sure about using the gold leaf on the painting because last year's effort was a failure because I used the gold as a positive shape and if did not look right.
I decided to use the gold as a negative shape behind the birds which I think worked out ok.
Golden sands Lindisfarne

Last year's effort using gold leaf.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Painting with Gouache

 Working with three colours of gouache after a demo from Andy Taylor on the subject.
 Andy initial washes.

"Scottish Garden"

 Colour blocks painted with 1/2 in flat nylon flat brush

 Washed under the tap to soften the colour- I liked the way the Prussian blue had run in the bottom left corner to create a possible sky and water.
Elevation view of Charles Remmie Mackintosh's of Hill House with his stylised roses added to the foreground. Painted weak white acrylic to soft the colour in the house.

Second attempt trying to let the blue paint the landscape. Some brown added to near piece of land.

 Ran the painting under the tap to wash out the blue and let it run from the mountains down into the lake then sprayed the mountains to run into the sky and blotted the clouds with kitchen roll. This was on an unstretched sheet of 200 lb Bockingford not paper which bowed resulting in some uneven marks in the foreground. Timing is critical as some of the wetter marks washed out completely.

Sponged out the water and added ripples and repainted the main peak.
"Langdale Pikes from Windermere"
May add some near foreground with stream entering the lake?

Another go on 1/4 imperial sheet using a flat brush with a ruler to create the ripples

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Cumbrian cottages and farms

 Nanny Lane Troutbeck Cumbria
Watercolour  on Bockingford not paper

 Troutbeck Farm from B&W photo
Brown ink drawn with kebab stick and watercolour added.

 Another painting of Nanny Lane Troutbeck concentrating on the lane as a lead in.

 Demonstration painting using plastic film to mask the building to allow for a loose watercolour approach using cling film and salt to create texture.

 Long Mere Yeat Troutbeck Cumbia
Watercolour on Bockingford not paper

Coniston Cottages
Saunders Waterford HP paper

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Bright colour and black lines

 Sennen Cove



Staithes Church Street

Watercolour demo at Chester-le-Street Arts Society

White Knight watercolour paints on bockingford  200 lb not paper textured with cling film and salt then black lines added and then dark added.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Last four exhibtions of 2016

Lanchester Thursday Art Group Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2016.
8 paintings but only 6 fitted on to the board and other two I was kindly allowed to exhihit on the front stage.
Chester le Street Autumn Exhibition 

Last four are my entries. 
The exhibition from 5th November 2016 for a week in the Durham County Library in Chester le Street.
Low Fell - Brush with Art on the 19th and 20th November 2016 at St Helens Church


Durham Botanic Gardens for 3 weeks from 1st December to the 23rd December in the Tea Room.

30 paintings hung in less than an hour- all previously strung and labelled. 

A busy couple of months.