Bristol Savages, Wednesday night sketch and the topic for the evening - "a good prospect". So I interpreted this as a god view, here over rolling hills and maybe a location like the UK, Ireland or perhaps France. There were two main stages to doing the painting. First step was the initial wash, very weak at first and the stronger greens at the foreground. Then, almost a second wash starting from the top, defining the far trees, hedgerows, shadows and painting around the houses. Smoke was added as a last stage with mainly white paint with a hint of cobalt blue.
A 'typical' Dordogne country road - undulating hills and round bales of straw waiting to be collected off the fields. With so much green in the picture, I had to introduce different tones of green by altering the amount of water I added or changing the ratio of blue to yellow. I rarely use any green now in my palette and just add ultramarine blue to cadmium yellow, but any yellow or blue will do.
A couple of country houses in Provence. This was a demonstration painting for a tutorial session run recently and based on a reference photo. The trick I think with French country houses is to not make them too neat with lines and colours. Dirty them up a bit and put in some bright blue shutters. The foreground had to have a bit of texture, so different tones of green were applied. I regularly do not use any 'green' paint, but prefer to mix my own - of course a bright yellow and ultramarine blue, or cobalt turquoise and yellow ochre makes a duller green.
The capped top of an old stone wall in the village of Marshfield near to where I live was the focus of this one. Lots of different lichens and mosses growing over it and the little pig enclosure along side it could also have been another focus. I had the grass on the right side of the wall, join with the parked car for a bit of continuity. While the shadows were still damp they had some splattering treatment.
Avebury Village near Bath in the UK and a popular area for ramblers and tourists visiting this ancient site. This is the largest stone of many here. Not sure what it is called, but I think it is 40 tonnes in weight. I was pleased with the composition on this one - with the large stone right, balanced by the two figures on the left. The figures connected with the stone shadow and to the background. As you can see, the foreground grass has some 'splattering' going on to give it a bit of texture of the meadowland here.
A pretty little valley just to the south of the village of South Stoke, looking towards some majestic buildings on the crest of a hill. Hopefully a lot of watercolour techniques are used here from washes, wet in wet, dry brush strokes and negative painting around the car.
Landscape Watercolour of Lanzarote, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs
A quick study of a typical potato field on the Island of Lanzarote. Potatoes are one of the main crops on Lanzarote and they're a great local speciality tapas - Canarian Potatoes or wrinkly potatoes, served with spicy mojo sauce. Because the whole island is a series of dormant volcanoes, lava rock is in plentiful supply as a crushed black mulch for the crops, keeping the moisture in, and a building material for the boundary walls around the fields.