Flowers 1.X

Red FlowersAvailable here. Drawn (freehand) with: pencil, ink bleed, turpentine, and gesinski ink in the Procreate app. More flowers for my flower series.

As much as I love working in watercolours and other traditional media, I continue to enjoy my visits back to drawing freehand on the iPad.

The art app media I use prints up well on my inkjet printer. I use fade resistant inks. The colours look fresh, and the line work is crisp. I can now, after much play and practice, achieve a similar look with my “reproductive” prints.

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Watercolour – Landscape 4

Landscape painting

Watercolour on 4” x 6” Arches 300gsm hot pressed watercolour paper. I put on a tan border in the Book Creator app.

Day 24 of the World Watercolour Month challenge.

When I take our dogs out for a walk, I sometimes take photos, mainly as a reference for an artwork. I worked from one of them for this painting. I slightly altered a few features to try and gain a pleasing composition. 

For me, composing a landscape is more difficult than any other subject matter. I seem to roam all over it…and have difficulty finding the focal point(s). 

I began this with a pencil sketch – a helpful map – and then built up the watercolour washes. 

In a finished drawing or painting, I often have parts of an underlying sketch visible, as an integral part of the composition. And for a landscape, at least at the present, this is vital so I don’t get lost amongst it all!

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A Plant on the Verandah

Watercolour, watersoluble Derwent Inktense pencil, in a colour called “bark”, and graphite pencil, on a sketchbook page. Size: approx. 3.5” x 5.5”.

Day 19 of the World Watercolour Month challenge.

A quick pencil sketch with watercolour washes. I’ve noticed a bit of a blur on this photo, sorry about that….

This sketchbook is a brand called “Moleskine”; a seemingly popular brand. I love trying out different types of paper, so I bought this small one. I like it’s creamy coloured paper, and it took light washes quite well… They also make a journal with watercolour paper. However, I think there’s far less expensive brands, which would do just as well.

I have some interesting shaped plants on our verandah; this one is a succulent. A drought hardy plant, so suitable for our Australian climate.

Cheerio for now!

A Pear – In Watercolour and Gouache

Painting of a Pear

Watercolour, white gouache, Inktense (watersoluble) pencil, and a little coloured pencil in payne’s grey, and graphite pencil, on 100% recycled gold-tan card. paper size: A5. I put a tan border around this image in the Book Creator app.

Day 18 of the World Watercolour Month challenge.

I’m quite fond of drawing and painting pears; and eating them!

I began this with a flourish of lines using a watersoluble Inktense pencil, in a lovely, rich colour called “bark”. This pencil colour suited the warm gold-tan colour of the card, and I wanted something gentler than “black”. I like how the white gouache works on this card, though I think the darker tan of Kraft paper, is more effective in displaying the white of the gouache. Both surfaces are prone to crinkle with water, however, works can be flattened between heavy books, and I’ve been known to iron them!

Watersoluble pencils have a lovely painterly look when washed over with water, and also allow for strong under drawing to be visible. I often prefer to work this way.

An advantage with an Inktense (essentially a solid form of ink) pencil drawing is it becomes water resistant when dry. So you can also use them (in various colours) to create some tonal/colour values, then lay watercolour washes over them, without the pencil underneath merging with the colours, and muddying them. Hmm, needs a darker tone on the left side of the pear… Oh well, on with the next watercolour tomorrow.

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Mug and Teapot – Watercolour and Gouache

Cup and Teapot

I began with a sketch in watersoluble graphite pencil, on Strathmore 300gsm cold pressed watercolour paper. Then added watercolour and gouache. The size is approx. 5” x 3.5”.

Day 17 of the World Watercolour Month challenge.

This is one of the two teapots we have on the go here at home – a large stainless steel one, and this small red teapot, (though I’ve given it a more magenta hue.) Actually, we have a small collection of teapots.

A cup of tea, or more likely a big mug of tea, is a favourite beverage here at home. Always made with loose tea in the pot; not teabags!

A little study, with a rather simple composition. I dabbed on a bit more colour after I took this photo, though it looks much the same. For the photo, I lay it inside a small black mat board, which helped offset my rather heavy hand in some of the colour work.

I didn’t manage the looseness I wanted, but it was an interesting journey, which I finished with a nice cup of tea.

Cheerio for now!