Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Your coffee's on the sill" w/c 6x8

An outing deserves a flask - this is at Heritage Acres on Vancouver Island where we sat for a day with our Morgan sportscar on display. It didn't sell but a tiny bird pooped on the car so at least we got a small deposit on our Morgan.

I like my watercolours juicy and loose.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Light Rain, UK" w/c and tricks, 6x9

OK I bent the w/c using an oil effects trick with the computer...giving me the look one gets when you're skimming by a landscape and your mind retains it only for a second or three... Throwing paint around in a sketchy sorta way. Fun. The above image was enhanced - the one below is how the watercolour really looks like - lighter.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

"The Hay Wain" after Constable w/c 6x8

We visited the actual spot where John Constable painted the Hay Wain all those years ago - this is what it looks like today.

Below is the Constable painting. My watercolour sketch is a little different, no wagon, no dog but the house is still there.

He lived 1776-1837, the son of a successful mill owner. Although John Constable is so very well known he sold more art in France rather than in Britain.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

"Inukshuk" markers 7x8

Sometimes you can just use childrens' markers (felt-tip pens) to make a work of art. I did! Seriously, sojourns into other media (apart from one's favourite medium) can help one generally. Press the image for a bigger view.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Pie maker - w/c portrait 6x9

"The Pie Maker" Colin is my neighbour who loves old cars and bakes pies to keep occupied. He has owned a Rolls, possibly a Bentley, a Thunderbird - and I believe he was a butcher in Oak Bay before he retired. Anyway, I am giving him this watercolour sketch and he and his wife Pat seem to like it.

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Saturday, April 09, 2016

"Rowboats UK" sketchy rapid watercolour 6x9

Now and then it's good to switch off one's neat side and to let the big brush just do its own thing, like in this rapid watercolour.

I felt liberated, not being slavish to perfection. Maybe I'm just a sloppy ol' Joe at heart. Anyways, I had much fun doing this.

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