Tuesday, 29 November 2016

My turn

A bowler about to take his turn on a bowling green. A watercolour where I used some body colour to create a bit of highlight and colour, just a few touches here and there. A few touches of blue and yellow to create recession and depth, a bit of highlight on his cap.  10x5.5 ins Two rivers paper

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Bingo night.

Bingo night. An elderly couple make their way into a bingo hall for an evening of entertainment and maybe good fortune. Oil impasto on linen canvas. 10x8 ins.


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Landscape at the close of day.

What I love about watercolour is its immediacy. If I get an idea or plein air on site, a watercolour can be worked up in minutes. Does it work, can I change the composition, the sky, or whatever. The painting today is such a work, in that I was experimenting with the composition, the sky and the clouds to see if it works. 11x 14 ins on watercolour paper. It's just great to experiment and see where it goes.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

London street nocturne study in watercolour

Nocturnes are difficult in any medium. I had a go at this one in watercolour. A London street at night with a bus approaching a bus stop. If I was to have another attempt at it, I would use Fabriano artistico/ Waterford Saunders paper and body colour. The paper here was Bockingford 200 lbs, which was ok but a little flat, and was great for lifting out colour but difficult to overlay washes without disturbing a previous wash, 11x15 ins.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Conflict 1

On the news daily and online we all see terrible images of war and destruction somewhere in the world. I was inspired to experiment with this study of the aftermath of a bombing and the destruction. The black smoke contrasting against the warm sky. Watercolour study on 90 lbs paper 9.5x12.5 ins.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Trámor beach

I am still in watercolour mode. This little beach scene in Trámor, Waterford, has had a bit of a rework, to the sky and foreground. I made the foreground warmer and added a bit of drama to the sky. It's the last of the light and still there are people making the most of a nice evening. I was thinking of cropping the end of the pavilion, but its presence helps create depth and perspective. Watercolour on  cotton paper 10x14 ins.