Here is my latest attempts at a watercolour painting. I was working through Paul Taggart’s lessons and although I did learn a lot I haven’t really done them justice. I am still a bit heavy handed with the paint and my colour mixing needs more practice. There is so much I don’t like about this painting but in doing it I did learn quite a bit and after all I do need the practice. I used bamboo paper just because it was handy and in a gummed block but next time I do watercolour I will use watercolour paper and maybe even stretch it myself as I haven’t tried that yet. Thanks for the lessons Paul.
This was a fun exercise I did last November. You tear a piece of newspaper and glue it to your board or in my case watercolour pad. Then do your watercolour (or any other medium) to paint or draw your image. You can choose how much newsprint to show through. I found the whole process quite fun as I didn’t feel that it mattered if I made mistakes. I was using water colour and I just slapped the paint on a went with it quite carelessly. It didn’t matter if the lines were not straight or if I couldn’t get the shade on the house right. (the inspiration is from an image found on the web while doing a search for ‘thatched cottage’ or ‘English cottage’ or something like that but I have forgotten where.)
Today I have decided to rake out some of the projects I started last year but never quite had the time or inclination to finish them. This is a watercolour painting that I started last November. The inspiration for this painting is from a photo that Harry took one beautiful sunny day – not that you could tell that from my painting as my sky looks more like a storm is approaching! Not to worry it is all good practice. I also learned while painting this not to hold one paint brush in your teeth while painting with another brush because you forget it is there. You then move or turn and all of a sudden you have inadvertently painted a line across your painting. Hey ho!