Evening Fields

Evening Fields. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 8”x10”

A change from the value studies today. Yesterday’s scene came out so well I thought I’d risk a little color. I’m still treating the scene pretty much as value but introducing color (and chroma) as well. Nothing fancy here. No thoughts about atmosphere, mood, texture, interesting shapes. themes or anything. Mind was clear of everything and just concentrating on putting the right colors in the right places. It was the most enjoyable painting I’ve done in a long time and it came out well.

Value Study Landscape


Painting is slowly getting easier in that it doesn’t feel like pulling teeth any more. The results may or may not be getting better but at least the process is getting more familiar and I’m getting some enjoyment out of it.

I’m continuing with value studies from my lucky dip photo bag. This one I applied my simplifying technique of stripping everything back to a few value shapes and finally a single detail shape with the bulk of the contrast. This detail shape can be a pretty odd shape and, in this scene, includes the foreground trees as well as the bushes on the other side of the bank. They’re contiguous in 2d if not in 3d.

I think this worked out quite well. It’s not meant to be a finished painting but I think I could work this one up if I wanted to. Onwards!

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle. Michele Clamp. Watercolor 11”x14”

What a fun painting to do! Enjoyed all of this and I had the video cameras going too so it will up on youtube in the near future. A lot of careful color mixing which paid off and some nice splattering and wet iin wet color mixing in the castle walls. Very happy with this.

Here is the first part of the video – the planning, color matching and drawing stages.

And here’s the second part – the actual painting.

Paint along with Gary Tucker


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Gary Tucker kindly ran a free online 2 hour workshop today. I found it challenging to say the least. I gained a lot of sympathy for my students as it was difficult to concentrate on what he was doing and his vision and also manage to paint a decent painting myself. Had a lot of fun thought and managed to make some progress with those wretched trees.

Here’s the reference photo. I had to dig deep to get inspired by this – another problem with trying to get inside someone else’s head.


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Freestyling Boats


There hasn’t been much fun in anything lately and that includes painting. We’re trying to get some online classes going which is turning out to be somewhat annoying but we’ll iron out the wrinkles I’m sure. I couldn’t muster up much interest in thinking about anything so I just painted freely without much thought.

Came out pretty well I thought.