I love the greenish strips of cultivated land in this view – it’s the landscape of my childhood and is always changing across different times of the year, but here all the fields are varying shades of green, a perfect choice for this week’s Weekly Prompt: Greenish 🙂
Trying out a more delicate touch today on a water-colour coastal scene, starting off with some wax resist grasses to lighten the overall effect – I’m quite happy with the general feel of it now it’s dried, it’s certainly not nearly as ‘heavy’ a covering of pigment on paper as I’ve been painting with recently so it feels a little bit pale and insipid… But then again, maybe that weathered washed-out-ness is perfectly appropriate for a soft sea-scape?
Things I’ve learned about painting over the last couple of weeks include:
- I like painting mainly landscapes and flowers so far
- I like impressionistic rather than realistic paintings
- I like to paint recognisable subjects, however loosely interpreted
- I like some things about watercolour paints, but not everything
- I like some things about gouache paints, but not everything
- I like to use strong vibrant colours sometimes, and soft translucent colours at other times 🙂
Since I started painting again a couple of weeks ago I’ve been playing around with using different types of paint and different brushes and different styles of painting, and I’m really having a lot of fun with it all – I’ve not been bored once! I’ve been exploring and experimenting and taking risks and making mistakes and learning from the whole process, in the hope of finding out what my preferred style might be nowadays?
I’ve tried a couple of things that I now know are definitely not going to be ‘me’ at all – in particular I painted this simplified, stylised seascape in gouache, trying to recreate something similar to the flat printed solid blocks of colour on old seaside travel posters, but I wasn’t comfortable painting it, and I really don’t like the end result so won’t be repeating that particular experiment any time soon.
It’s really hard to get the paint consistency right so the colour always looks flat and not streaky, and of course the outlines have to be sharp and crisp, which isn’t as easy as it looks. As a result, instead of looking smart and sophisticated, this painting looks more like something a child did in art class at school. So it’s back to the drawing board for me on this one, but at least I’ve learned from the experience…
This landscape started off OK with a sky I was happy with, and the distant background was looking reasonable enough too but I got myself into a real mess with the sandy, sea-grassy foreground – with such translucent watercolour paint it had no real depth at all and just looked all ‘wrong’, and I was so disappointed with how it turned out.
So rather than give up I let it dry completely, then re-worked the foreground using gouache instead of watercolour, as it has a solid opacity that allows me to be able to cover up any underlying mistakes – not completely, but enough to save the painting from being the total disaster it was without it. Ideally I wouldn’t have wanted it to be so heavily painted but needs must – and at least I tried to do something with it!
Surprisingly it not only worked quite well as a rescue fix, but I think using both types of paint on the same painting might be something I try deliberately next time… 🙂
Walking along Nairn west beach yesterday afternoon as the tide went out and the clouds rolled in 🙂
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week asks for city structures, so here is a view of the City of Inverness in the North of Scotland, taken from the River Ness. Within this view we have several buildings including businesses and homes, a couple of churches and a castle, and a road bridge crossing the river, taken tonight on my way home from work 🙂
The Greig Street Bridge over the River Ness in Inverness – it’s an old Victorian ironwork footbridge, and is one I cross regularly on my way to and from work – I love the way the trees frame the bridge so nicely in this shot 🙂
The beautiful nautical blue of the Muirtown basin at the northernmost end of the Caledonian Canal in Inverness – complete with moored boats in the background – taken on a surprisingly sunny Bank Holiday afternoon! 🙂
Yesterday was my youngest grandson’s 7th birthday, so I took a bus trip 10 miles out of town to join him for his birthday party. My Weekly Smile is me sharing some of my day with you:-
- The first pic is me with a big smile sitting on the bus on my way out
- We passed a sprayer spraying come unidentified crop in a field
- We also passed the ‘Cloud Factory’ – it’s actually a wood-chip processing plant making pressed fibre-board, and the billowing steam funnel gives it its fun nick-name locally
- Once we’ve passed through the airport, the bus empties out for the last bit of the journey
- We drive along the coast to the village where my grandson lives – the water is looking nice and blue today!
I’m not sharing any pics of the party itself, but we all had great fun and ate plenty of yummy party food. The drawing I’ve shared here is my grandson’s version of the Mona Lisa with her enigmatic smile, which his mum has put up on the wall, and the final image is my grandson wearing his new velociraptor mask – he’s a huge dinosaur fan so his big brother bought him the mask which has a chin strap (like a bicycle helmet) internally so that when you open your mouth wide the dinosaur mouth opens too, and it actually roars – what fun, and of course it looks as though the velociraptor is smiling too!
So there you have it, three smiles for the price of one today! 🙂