August Workshop Painting

This is my August workshop painting , Watercolour on Arches 140 not , using texture . We will have a black and white tonal image to work from , and people can use the colours I have chosen or the colours they prefer , nothing I like better than someone using their own choice of colour combination .I work from life or a photograph which ever gives me the inspiration and information , then I do a drawing , and often leave out much of what is in front of me , by the time I have done my tonal it often looks nothing like that photograph , but that’s its job , to inspire the painting , not for the painting to reproduce the photograph , no point in that , for me anyway , everyone must follow their own idea of what makes a painting , this is just my preference , it may not be everyone’s , in fact that is the great thing about art , all the different ways of using that information before you , make it your own . A messy workshop will not be for everyone .
But I am grateful to those who like to travel this messy path and paint along with myself and like minded people .
I look forward to hearing what you think . Happy Painting BEV

Sketch Book

Another page from my sketch book , getting ready for our August Workshop , Picked my subject , and decided to use part of the image only , not the whole animal as this will make a better pattern .This is my tonal plan with the texture that I plan on using in my painting .I find that working in black and white makes it easier to read the tone .The next step will be my watercolour painting using this plan as reference , not the subject photograph . I am not sure if posting my sketch book pages will be of interest , so please let me know what you think . Well on with the painting , tomorrow I think . I have my plan so lets hope it does its job . Happy Planning BEV

Black and White

I thought I would post a page from my sketch book, I always do small thumb nails to workout my pattern and composition before I start to paint . Fail to plan , Plan to fail .it took me a very long while to realise that to jump straight in without a plan ,was for me folly .Then I go to my sketchbook which is the same size as I use for my painting , using my little pot of Black watercolour paint and a couple of brushes , looking at my thumb nail I complete my plan , after this I will use this plan to paint from ,allowing me total freedom to use the colour I want to , and not the colours from my original reference , in fact I no longer need the photograph .I may refer to it if looking for details , but not to control my painting , I may as well frame the photograph if my aim is to reproduce it .I hope this post may be of interest to you . Happy Planning BEV

Cockerel Painting 

Painting trying to break the cage ,as I call it . A drawing closes the subject encouraging a fill it in type of painting , I try to break as many of these caged lines as I can , to let the image come freely from its cage .But still keeping the essence of the subject .Watercolour on Arches 140 not , I don’t know if you can see the gauze .

Happy Painting Bev 

Watercolour with texture

Enjoying adding texture to my watercolours , this time my painting idea was taken from a holiday photograph that I took last year .


I walked past this farm building every morning with my dog , although I didn’t see it quite like this , I have the photograph for reality .
Showed my husband and he replied  I like it but its a bit weird !
Anymore artists out there that relate to that answer .

When I started to paint , I always tried my hardest to copy what it was that I wanted too paint .What was in front of me , or copy the photograph
Nothing wrong with that .
But that became like  a colouring book experience , and I wanted more than that , so I started out on what I call , a messy journey .So now I have the photograph and the painting to remind me of my holiday , and I am loving every minute of this messy journey
HAPPY PAINTING  BEV

 

 

March Workshop

Hello and welcome to my blog , I haven’t posted in a while .
This is my MARCH SATURDAY 11th WORKSHOP PAINTING
I have become fed up painting flowers in the same way , so I am starting out on a new path , while still keeping to my first love , painting flowers , animals are a close second , with buildings creeping in .
I am interested in SHAPE -COLOUR – TONE and COMPOSITION. 
Here I still have recognisable , I hope flowers , with interesting shapes and texture running through the background , and this time a balanced palette .
I plan to post more often now ,new paintings and why , I welcome your opinion on this journey .

I am not interested in seeing the whole story , as in a flower has to have a leaf or a stem , it is just a shape , I can get the normal stuff from life and photographs , why try to duplicate that , I want to create something of a different view , like when looking into the flames of a fire , I see lots of dancing shapes , I try not to call them flames , that’s a normal view , see castles and rich yellows , oranges , reds , contrasted by the dark coals , or rich brown woods .
And do not get me started on clouds , you get my meaning .
That is it this time , bye for now .
HAPPY PAINTING BEV

 

 

Messy lilacs in Watercolour

The Lilacs in the gardens are looking lovely ,as I walk my dog in the morning, so I feel a Messy Lilac painting coming on.
So trying to photograph the lilacs at the same time as Duke (my dog)wants to sniff every inch I am standing on , i finally get some good shots .
Home and up in my art room , I think about the shapes , color , and composition .
Having decided on these , I have chosen Winsor Blue Red shade ,Winsor Violet ,Sap Green, and New Gamboge
Sorted out my approach , and here goes.

I hope you will leave me your comments , good , or bad , art is about sharing Ideas and thoughts.

HAPPY PAINTING BEV

  • First washes wet in wet , no drawing , yet
  • Finding shapes , if you need to draw them in do so , I have not this time .
  • Adding the flower details
  • The fun stage where I really play with my tones and messy marks , I enjoy this stage the best .

Watercolor Roses

Welcome to my Fourth Watercolor Blog

Painting Roses without painting each petal, I drew the roses in pencil until I understood their shapes.
Then I worked out my composition , with a value plan , Planned my colors to suit me, not what is in front of me , I often work from black and white photographs for just this reason . Once these are chosen I am  ready to paint .

I didn’t not put all of my drawing onto my paper just a few shapes , but I had my pencil drawing to refer to as I needed to , I do not rely on my photograph   , or rose , once I have my composition ,
and colors chosen , I no longer need the reference , in fact it would detract from my plan , I am not going to paint to resemble the photograph , or subject , just use the information they have given me to create a painting.

The colors chosen this time were Red Purple , Indian Yellow ,and Indigo , not a bright palette , but I liked the balance this time , I like to choose different color combinations  so the color choices do not become predictable.

 

  • Starting to find my Shapes
  • Finding my way around the shapes
  • Following my value plan and adding the final touches

WATERCOLOR

Welcome to my third Blog
This painting is for my April Workshop
I have chosen what I think is a nice color combination , just because leaves are Green ! we do not have to paint them Green .
I took some photographs of the clematis growing in a friends garden , yes they were dark purple , I haven’t painted them that color at all .
And the paintings background certainly doesn’t look like my friends garden , the photograph did a great job of that , I don’t want to reproduce the photograph image nor the garden image , but use both to create a painting .
I use what inspires me , and work out a composition , with a tonal plan , choose my colors , and away I go .
I am lucky that the people who kindly come along to paint together , know by now , I am not going to paint in the normal expected fashion , as if, I can hear them say .
The colors I have chosen this time are :- Winsor Violet  :- Indigo :- Quinacridone Gold :- Brilliant Purple or :- Quinacridone Magenta.
I hope you like the result , and please leave me some feed back , I am new to this Blog lark , and if you think it is worth doing them I will continue to post the process of my paintings .
HAPPY PAINTING BEV .

  • First Background Washes
  • Looking for shapes
  • Punching the negative shapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Blog

Well here is my second blog.
Last Friday in class ,we were having fun with choosing a new palette as we often do.
So here are the purples ,greens,,and gold ,and those in between.
I like to draw my subject ,and choose a composition ,tonal plan ,all before I start to paint .
With this information , I can then go ahead and paint in a free way , I do not like to put a complete drawing onto my watercolor paper ,then paint .
That can cause a, fill it in process for me ,which I do not enjoy anymore .
I like to see a bit of a mess ,not neat illustration.
Good job we are all different .
Here are the stages of my latest painting, please reply and add your comments good or bad ,painting and sharing with like minded artists  is why I am doing this blog .
Until next time .
HAPPY PAINTING BEV

  • Background
  • Starting to find shapes
  • Adding shapes
  • Pulling it all together