Sunday 13 January 2019
Comments Off on What to Leave Out?
Landscapes are difficult things to draw. So much potential detail but it is easy to put too much in and end up with clutter. Exhibit A below, from a walk at nearby Stratfield Brake: This was from ten or so … Continue reading
Saturday 30 June 2018
Comments Off on Saving the Best for Last?
Is this my best painting from the 30x30DirectWatercolor2018 project? I had a welter of different ideas for what to paint for the final day of this month-long project. What about another self portrait? What about that Buddleja globosa, for which … Continue reading
Tuesday 26 June 2018
Comments Off on Tonal Study
Earlier this year, one of my birthday presents was Tate Watercolour Manual: Lessons from the Great Masters by Tony Smibert and Joyce Townsend (Tate Enterprises, 2014). It is another watercolour manual but has a particular focus on techniques and approaches from … Continue reading
Sunday 4 March 2018
Comments Off on Traces of Weather
Driving back up to Oxford today was interesting. Given the extreme weather at the end of last week, it was a blessedly straightforward journey, but what caught my attention was the varying amount of snow in different places. Some seemed … Continue reading