Effervescently Thank You

A vase of wattleWatercolour and graphite pencil, on Strathmore 300gsm 5” x 7”, cold pressed watercolour paper.

Day 31 – and the final day of the World Watercolour Month challenge!

This vase of wattle sits in the corner of our local cafe, and greets me with effervescent waves of yellow, and blue-greens…

I welcome it with washes of watercolour, and try to tie it delicately together with fine pencil lines. Amazingly, I manage not to dip my brush in my coffee!

Though I draw or paint most days, part of what made this watercolour challenge, challenging, was to bring a work to a semblance of finish, daily – and then to post it in various places online! Mostly it’s been an enjoyable art filled month.

And so an effervescent thank you for viewing this month of watercolour wanderings; and the encouraging comments I’ve received along the way. And thank you Charlie O’Shields at Doodlewash.com for organising this watercolour event.

I’ll be back posting some art again soon (and hopefully one of my illustrated poems) perhaps in: watercolour, gouache, coloured pencil, acrylic, watersoluble pastel…or iPad art, or a mix of everything! Spoilt for choices and thankful†.

Cheerio for now; enjoy your day.

Flower Friends

Woman with FlowersWatercolour, gouache, Inktense pencil, and graphite pencil, on Art Spectrum, textured A4 “Draw and Wash” paper.

Day 30 of the World Watercolour Month challenge.

Began with an idea, and a quick trip around the paper with a black Inktense paper. Then brushed on washes of watercolour, and a little white gouache – mostly on the face. Added touches of graphite pencil here and there.

Knowing I can bring in some white gouache to tame my lines helps me relax with the initial sketch.

Ah, lots of line work; back to comfortable territory! This technique is probably how I like to mostly work; with visits to other ways in between.

Back tomorrow with the last watercolour of the challenge!

Cheerio, till then.

At the Quarry

The QuarryWatercolour, graphite pencil, watersoluble pencils, on 4” x 6” Arches 300gsm, watercolour paper.

Day 26 of the World Watercolour Month challenge.

These are rocky outcrops along the edges of our local creek, in an area called “the Quarry”.  

It’s a popular swimming spot, with quite clean, clear water…though the colour of the water may not suggest that. The reference photo showed the reflection of the surrounding trees, however, I think I should of curtailed some of the green. I can see the advantages of plein air painting (I rarely do it). At the least, for gathering some colour notes, and compositional ideas, along with a photo.

In all, this was rather a “rocky” painting journey. 🙂 Nevertheless some aspects of it turned out ok. I think the graphite pencil was a great help, both under and over the painting. Sort of suited the subject matter, and steered me into a better outcome. 

Always something to learn – on with the next one tomorrow; hmmm maybe not a landscape…

Thanks for visiting!