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February 2013

Cadeques Town Centre looking towards the hills

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Landscape Watercolour of Cadeques, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

Cadeques on the Costa Brava, looking towards the centre of this town and the hills beyond that surround and shelter the location.  I think the church tower silhouetted against the darker mountains worked well as do the understated white washed buildings in the middle ground left.  Might have controlled the washes or altered the timings on the clouds ad mist coming into the hill tops.

 


Cadeques Spain 7

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Landscape Watercolour of Cadeques, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

A sheltered corner of Cadeques with the afternoon sun streaming in to light a corner cafe.  This painting was finished quite quickly for me and I think it looked better for not being overlooked.  The foreground shadow I added as a later stage to bring a bit of balance and I believe it improved the composition.

 


Padstow Harbour, Cornwall

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Landscape Watercolour of Padstow, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

Every now and again I produce some work which is embarrassing, but I post it here as a reminder of the so many things that can go wrong with a watercolour.  Mistakes here are 1) In my opinion bad composition 2) Sky too dark meaning I had to go even darker with the back and middle ground 3) Colours too bright 4) Reflections in the water not matching the sky.  I could go on.  Anyway onto the next.  

I heard someone say recently, "you're always 5 paintings away from a masterpiece". Yes, quite true.

 


Los Fariones Hotel, Puerto del Carmen

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Landscape Watercolour of Lanzarote, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

I thought this made a nice composition, the road you in, a few focal points around the pedestrian crossing and the contrast between the back of the Hotel and the sun hitting the road.  In hindsight, I probably could have made the back of the Hotel darker or the road in the middle distance lighter to make more of a contrast.

 


The Old Town of Erice, Western Sicily

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Landscape Watercolour of Sicily, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

Erice, old medieval town over Trapani, with fantastic views over Sicily and the sea to the West.  It has a maze of cobbled streets and wonderful warm coloured stone buildings with quite small windows.Probably the best way to get up to Erice is by the recently opened cable car from Trapani down below.

 


26 July Avenue, Alexandria

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Landscape Watercolour of Alexandria, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

The Corniche (also known as 26 July Avenue) is the extremely bustling main road that runs along Alexandria’s coastline. Running along the Eastern Harbour it's one of the major corridors for traffic in Alexandria with cars, coaches, lorries and motorbikes sharing the roads with horse and carts.

 


Town Hall Chipping Sodbury

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Landscape Watercolour of Chipping Sodbury, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

The old market town of Chipping Sodbury and the town hall at it's centre is a popular venue for weddings, exhibitions, music festivals and private parties.  It's a lovely old building dating back to 1452, and over the centuries has also been used as a school and for council meetings.  It's Victorian Gothic facade was added in the mid 19th century.

 


Via Dolorosa, Jerusalem

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Landscape Watercolour of Jerusalem, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lb

The Via Dolorosa (Path of Sorrow or "Way of the Cross") in Jerusalem is the route tradition says that Jesus followed from his condemnation by the Romans to the spot where he was buried after the crucifixion.  Now you’ll find the street can be noisy – with venders vying for your attention calling out their wares. Old stone buildings rise up on either side, and instead of a tree-lined country lane, seemingly endless stone steps ascend through the city. 

 


Fishermen, Alexandria Egypt

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Landscape Watercolour of Alexandria, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

A study of some fishermen attending their nets or maybe discussing the day's campaign.  Close to the main harbour in Alexandria and towards the citadel there's many types of boats congregated together, maybe for the shelter here or maybe it's proximity to the markets nearby.  I tried to convey the heat here of the midday sun and the not so blue colour of the sky, which many times in Egypt has an ochre tinge to it maybe because of sands blown in from the South.

 


Mudanya Back Streets and wooden buildings

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Landscape Watercolour of Mudanya, 15" x 11" on Saunders Waterford Rough Paper 140 lbs

Chance to do some loose painting with the narrow streets of Mudanya and the contrast between light sky and the dark streets.  The lovely old wooden buildings here with the upper storey bigger than the ground floor makes for some interesting perspective drawing.