Barn Finished

Pennsylvania Barn. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 11”x14”

Here he is and I managed to build on a good start. Those trees took

and could maybe have some more work done on them but I didn’t want to overload them. Pretty happy. Love the light in this.

Some intermediates

Lake Bled

Lake Bled. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 14”x11”

This painting lark never gets easier. This is a scene I’ve painted before and I thought would be a walk in the park. I was wrong. Very tough.

My usual method now starts with careful color matching. Makes a huge difference in getting the values right.

And here for comparison is my version from 2 years ago.


Jo Vloothuis Workshop – Watercolor Landscape

This week’s johannes Vloothuis workshop was watercolor and as such it was easier than last week’s one. Some interesting stuff with credit cards used to scrape out rocks. I approached this with gusto and although a little lacking in finesse it has a certain charm.

Johannes Vloothuis Online Workshop

Workshop time today with Johannes Vloothuis. He did this in oil but I had a crack in watercolor. Doing this always reminds me how hard it is for workshop attendees to do good work. You have to concentrate on the instructor and also keep thinking about your own painting. Exhausting!

But I was fairly happy with this. In real life the foliage areas have less contrast which works better. I almost screwed up the background cliffs but just about brought them back. I’m undecided whether to put in more contrast in the buildings…maybe it’s fine as is.

Here’s the original photo. Pretty tricky. Wonder if I should try this in oil?

Evening Fields

Evening Fields. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

I painted a small sketch of this a while ago and decided to do a larger version for class next week. I usually find that scaling up a painting isn’t as straightforward as you’d think. The washes behave differently and you have to alter your technique to handle the larger areas. But this time it worked out – I think we’ll have a blast doing this on Tuesday.

Edit: The following videos are a short timelapse of the painting and the full 1hr 30min demo with me burbling alongside.