294 Mixing it up

The last few months have been busy for me, teaching two beginners watercolour classes over the last term as well as participating in a recent exhibition. I was also fortunate to be able to attend a workshop with the fabulous artist Ross Paterson.

This is one of the paintings completed on site during the workshop. Watercolour on Saunders Rough paper 300g.

The following are small gouache paintings done over the last few months for my exhibition. The first is an impression of a field of wildflowers that cover the landscape around the countryside in springtime. Have a look here to see photos of these amazing flowers in the wild.

Another little gouache painted on site on a very chilly morning near the Stirling Ranges.

Out painting another morning with a few of my Plein air buddies I tried to make the back view of a modern convention centre and distant port more interesting. Successful or not it’s always a great way to spend a few hours and I always learn something new.

On another outing I experimented with watercolour background under pastel. This was fun, but pastels are rather messy. I’d like to do more with this technique as long as I remember to take some disposable gloves and hand wipes

I have also updated and added a few pages to my blog site. It still needs some work but have a look here and let me know what you think.

4 thoughts on “294 Mixing it up

  1. So good to hear from you. Your paintings are lovely. I especially love the flowers. I think yours are prettier than the photo, in fact. I feel I could touch them and yet it isn’t a tight detailed depiction.

    I agree with you about pastels. I have given up on them. I find them drying to my hands as well.But your painting is quite wonderful. I hope you do more pastels.

    And as before you have inspired me to use more gouache. I have been using mainly transparent watercolor for awhile but I very much enjoy gouache. In a way, more so than the other.

    Looking forward to your next post.

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