Michele Clamp Art

Beach and Boats

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Now this one I started last night and walked away half way through in disgust. I fully intended to put this in the ‘burn’ pile this morning. Looking at it afresh, however, I thought maybe there’s something worth rescuing. by the time I’d put in the boats I think it has redeemed itself

Irises

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Verdict?   I think it has something.   Too soon to tell.

Edit: Yes definitely something. Strange how it’s hard to tell immediately after finishing.

Irises
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Singing Beach

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Singing Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11"x14"

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We went to Manchester-by-the-Sea last week and strolled down to singing beach.   The sun was strong and, post labor day,  only a few people were on the beach.   Was almost perfect and deserved a painting.    Annoyingly I got too involved with the foreground and overdid it.   But it definitely captures the day.

Pont de Besalu

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 Pont de Besalu. Michele Clamp watercolor.

Pont de Besalu. Michele Clamp watercolor.

Pont de Besalu
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No real reason for this one - it just took my fancy.   Fun and came out well. 

Penguins

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Penguins
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Very happy to paint these little chaps.   The contrast between the black and white and the sun on their feathers always cheers me up.

John Lovett Exercise - Landscape 3

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Rather a lacklustre performance today.    A very tricky photo and I got bogged down with too many greens.

The photo :

And Mr Lovett's version.

I rushed at this one somewhat and could definitely have benefitted from an initial value study.

John Lovett Exercise - Rocks

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Next John Lovett exercise.   A little lethargic with this one for some reason but my lack of interest managed to result in something pretty loose.

The original photo:

And Mr Lovett's version from the end of the book:

Very nice.   Simultaneously simpler and yet more detailed than mine.

 

 

John Lovett Exercise - Landscape 2

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I'm moving on through John Lovett's second watercolor book and now we're onto exercises for the reader!   He gives a set of photos at the end of each chapter and we have to go away and paint them using the techniques we've learned.    Here's the first photo :

Not very inspiring but let's see what we can do.   First a sketch:

Seems like a good plan to me.   Keep all the interest across the middle band,   plain sky and distant mountains, and nice and loose in the foreground.   Pretty much like we did yesterday but this time we're on our own for the details.  

Ok off we go :

Amazingly I managed to screw up the sky again the first time round so I went back with a different brush and evened out the wash somewhat.   Distant mountains in with a little more color variation than yesterday.   So far so good.    

Now the foreground.

I think we're still all right here.   Making good use of my trusty 1/2" bristle brush and keeping some variation in the washes but not making it too dark.

Now the scary bit - trees!   

The middle distance trees are pretty simple and the darks and contrast kept for the middle center of interest trees.   Still happy.

Now for gussying up the center of interest and adding in some detail to finish it off.

Phew!   Not too bad at all.   Didn't overdo the detail which turned out to be a good thing and added in a few splashes of red in the middle panel.    The final part was to put clear water on the river piece and drop in some color for reflections.   It all came together well in the end.

Now at the end of the book Mr Lovett shows us his take on the pictures (I didn't peek honest).  Here's his version :

Ooooh!   Now his version bears even less resemblance to the photo than mine and he's obviously got a lot more contrast and simplified the shapes more.   Maybe tomorrow I'll risk some glazing on each side on my version to see what happens.