Another Portsmouth, NH painting. Enjoyed doing this one and it is a bit of a departure for me. Not quite sure what to make of it yet but I hope I don’t hate it tomorrow as I’ve just entered it into the Newton Watercolor Society annual show.
Edit: Took another look at this piece this morning and am happy with it. The photo doesn’t really do it justice. It’ll do.
More sketches today. These were all from photos taken in Boston common a few years ago. These were all fun to do and it surprised me how well they turned out. All done quickly in a 5x8” moleskine sketchbook with a quick preliminary pencil sketch and then straight in with colored washes.
Another view of the George Washington statue. This I was pleased with too.
This photo I almost skipped over which would have been a shame as it’s my favorite of the day. The swan boats came out surprisingly well.
Final one of the day. Again another view through Boston Common to the buildings beyond. Not my favorite.
Two versions of the March wetcanvas watercolor challenge. And boy was it a challenge. One step forward and then two back.
Yesterday I just fancied painting some boats. This is done from a lovely photo by Dottie Best on ‘Paint My Photo’ - https://pmp-art.com/dottie-best/gallery/136333/cadgwith-harbor-cornwall-england .
As always there were struggles but it was fun to do and has a lot of solidity to it.
And part way through at the end of the day yesterday :
So what to do with the rest of the afternoon. Looking for something quirky I found this from a trip we made to Portland ME almost exactly a year ago. So why not? Not sure quite what to make of this one yet.
I was quite pleased with the first version of this but then I had a crazy idea of trying a second version on Yupo paper. This is a synthetic paper which doesn’t absorb paint or water which means the paint behaves in a completely different way to cotton paper.
I had a blast with this and, due to the non absorbent nature of the surface. the colors remain bright and vivid. There were regions where the paint just didn’t stick at all - see on the left - but it was definitely worthwhile having a go.
I had a final experiment on hot press paper (4th in the collage). I don’t think I’m done with this scene yet but I’ll take a break for now.
A quick thumbnail sketch for a painting. Tried this at a larger size and failed miserably. If I try again with better results maybe I’ll post the failure but for now - just the sketch.
Still struggling on. Trying for a loose, calligraphic style here with a textured foreground. Much harder than it looks.
Another go attempting something with subdued color. Maybe a little too tentative in places but hangs together well.
A couple of intermediate shots below. I decided to use masking fluid for the lighthouse so I could sweep the sky in wet in wet. In the end I’m not convinced it was worth the trouble.
Here is a shot after the sky went in and I’m half way through the rocks. Always a bit of a gamble rocks but they’re progressing well here. Part of the secret is to be confident, vary the colors but don’t delineate every rock outline.