I started this part of the blog to track my progress on the art course I am doing, which is primarily oils, but I thought it might be interesting to also post some past efforts and so will so this under three categories – charcoal, watercolours and acrylics.
Firstly some watercolours.
I have been doing watercolours since I was a kid. I tend to do them on holidays as a form of relaxation. All the pictures below and in other blogs were done total in situ – i.e. sitting outside in front of the scene, with the pad resting on my knees and me perched on a church wall, bench or the occasional gravestone. All of them are ‘one take’ – I start and finish them in one sitting, anything from 2- 4 hours until weather or a pub visit intervenes.
I have a bit of a love/ hate relationship with watercolours. On the one hand I enjoy the process of doing them, sitting outside on a summers day, whilst watercolour is quite a portable medium. On the other hand, the end products are incredibly traditional and I tend to choose the subjects more on whether it is a nice place to sit than anything else. Watercolour can be a hard medium to change once you have committed the paint to paper and as a result on more than one of these the sky looks like it was done in felt tip!
This set were done across a week in late August 2011 in Brede, a small village up on the Sussex Downs where we stayed for a week in a converted stables. Most of them were done listening to Metronomy’s The English Riviera and Cut/Copy’s Zonoscope on the ipod. So now you know.
As ever, click on each for a bigger picture.
Firstly, the local Church, St George Brede..
The stables where we stayed, at the edge of the farm.
Two views of the village square from the same bench under a tree..
These last two just stayed as sketches, but I have included them here for ‘thematic’ reasons.
The church from the other side.
And a stately home a few miles away, called Great Dixter…