Southend at Dusk

Southend at dusk. Michele Clamp. Watercolor. 13”x19”

I’ve been wanting to do a dusk painting for a while. I snapped this scene on my phone back in November. Even though it was raining and the shot was rainy and out of focus it caught something of that magical time where the sky has wonderful color and the buildings are muted and shadowy. Not perfect by any means but I’m pretty happy for a first shot.

Sterling Edwards Brushes – First Outing


Cumulus clouds.  A lot of wet in wet and shading/blending.  


Sunset sky.   A test of the buffered washes in the sky.   Mr Edwards separates complementary colours that might turn into mud by a third to keep the colours bright.
This is the third scene of this sort that has featured here btw – I should find something different to paint.

This was the first try – not great.   Dull colours, awkward brushstrokes but you can see that the effect of trees and grasses is pretty easy to get.
I should add here that these are all from his ‘Sky’ DVD.   There’s a final painting – foggy sky – that I didn’t get round to.   Even though I’ve done a lot of Sterling’s DVDs (would he mind me being so familiar?), and at first the 4 step process seemed a little gimmicky I have been learning a lot.   Partly this is through gaining control by putting brush to paper.  It’s quite hard at my stage to get worse with practice.